Accession Number : ADA309028

Title :   From Colonialism to Containment: Why American Forces Did Not Intervene at Dien Bien Phu.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Fair, Jonathan E.

PDF Url : ADA309028

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 280

Abstract : This thesis examines two conflicting ideas during the Franco-Indochinese war of 1946-1954. On the one hand was the issue of colonialism. Because of historical precedent, the United States could not openly support the colonial aspirations of the French empire. On the other was the problem of containment. Ho Chi Minh was a communist, and any form of communist infiltration into Southeast Asia had to be stopped. The interplay of these two concepts greatly influenced the Eisenhower administration's decision not to intervene in the French struggle at Dien Bien Phu.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *MILITARY HISTORY, *DECISION MAKING, *CONTAINMENT(GENERAL), *INTERVENTION, *SOUTHEAST ASIA, POLITICAL SCIENCE, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, LEADERSHIP, ECONOMICS, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, THESES, FRANCE, MILITARY COMMANDERS, COMMUNISM, VIETNAM, INDIGENOUS POPULATION.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE