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Mission to Yenan : American liaison with the Chinese communists, 1944-1947 /
Carolle J. Carter.
imprint
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1997.
description
xiii, 278 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0813120152 (cloth : acid-free paper)
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imprint
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1997.
isbn
0813120152 (cloth : acid-free paper)
general note
Maps of China 1945 on endpapers.
catalogue key
1217962
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-265) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1997-11:
The Dixie Mission to the communist capital of Yenan in northeastern China is one of the more controversial events of WW II. Although President Franklin D. Roosevelt personally authorized the mission, participation in it cost some Dixie members promising foreign service or military careers and subsequently made them targets of the McCarthy inquiries of the early 1950s. Carter's book is a successful effort to portray the day-to-day inner workings of the mission and to evaluate its successes and failures. Over the course of more than a decade, Carter pieced together the mission's history through interviews with dozens of participants and extensive archival research. The result is a balanced presentation that deserves inclusion in all general and scholarly library collections. All levels. R. H. Detrick; formerly, University of North Texas
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"Aficionados of American political and diplomatic history may be pleasantly surprised at the riches in this book." -- American Historical Review
"Aficionados of American political and diplomatic history may be pleasantly surprised at the riches in this book.-- American Historical Review" -- American Historical Review
"A successful effort to portray the day-to-day inner workings of the mission and to evaluate its successes and failures." -- Choice
"A successful effort to portray the day-to-day inner workings of the mission and to evaluate its successes and failures.-- Choice" -- Choice
"Carter deserves praise for illuminating a wide spectrum of official American wartime opinion about the Chinese Communists and the American Experience at Yenan." -- American Historical Review
"Carter deserves praise for illuminating a wide spectrum of official American wartime opinion about the Chinese Communists and the American Experience at Yenan.-- American Historical Review" -- American Historical Review
"Carter is correct in saying that the Dixie Mission -- the American observer/liaison group with the Chinese Communists based in Yenan from July 1944 to March 1947 -- is a fascinating subject particularly for scholars interested in the American involvements in China and those keen to see the Chinese Communist efforts in the Pacific War in proper perspective." -- Pacific Affairs
"Carter is correct in saying that the Dixie Mission -- the American observer/liaison group with the Chinese Communists based in Yenan from July 1944 to March 1947 -- is a fascinating subject particularly for scholars interested in the American involvements in China and those keen to see the Chinese Communist efforts in the Pacific War in proper perspective.-- Pacific Affairs" -- Pacific Affairs
"Significantly enhances the understanding of the controversial mission during the critical period between the end of World War II and the outbreak of the Chinese Civil War." -- Army History
"Significantly enhances the understanding of the controversial mission during the critical period between the end of World War II and the outbreak of the Chinese Civil War.-- Army History" -- Army History
"The Dixie Mission in retrospect embodies more significance than its wartime performance." -- Military History
"The Dixie Mission in retrospect embodies more significance than its wartime performance.-- Military History" -- Military History
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Choice, November 1997
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" Conventional wisdom informs us that "only Nixon could go to China." In fact, in 1944, nearly thirty years before his historic trip, the American military established the first liaison and intelligence-gathering mission with the Chinese Communists in Yenan. Commonly referred to as the Dixie Mission, the detached military unit sent to Yenan was responsible for transmitting weather information, assisting the Communists in their rescue of downed American flyers, and laying the groundwork for an eventual rapprochement between the Communists and Nationalists, the two sides struggling in the ongoing Chinese Civil War. Following extensive use of archival sources and numerous interviews with the men who traveled and served in Yenan, Carolle Carter argues that while Dixie fulfilled its assignment, the members steered the mission in different directions from its original, albeit loosely described, intent. As the months and years passed, the Dixie Mission increasingly emphasized intelligence gathering over evaluating their Communist hosts' contribution to the war effort against Japan. Some American politicians in the 1950s portrayed the participants in the Dixie Mission as too sympathetic to the Chinese Communists. But during the 1970s many looked back at these individuals as wise but ignored oracles who could have prevented the "loss of China." Carter strips away these simplistic portrayals to reveal a diverse and dedicated collection of soldiers, diplomats, and technicians who had ongoing contact with the Chinese Communists longer than any other group during World War II, but who were destined to be a largely unused resource during the Cold War.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The Origins of the Dixie Missionp. 16
Life in Yenanp. 36
The Observer Group in Operationp. 63
Communicationsp. 89
Diplomacy, Differences, and Patrick J. Hurleyp. 106
The Communist Attempt to Bypass Hurleyp. 134
Intelligence Gathering in Yenanp. 153
The Marshall Mission and the End of Dixiep. 177
The Dixie Mission in Retrospectp. 199
Pinyin to Wade-Gilesp. 227
Notesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 267
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