Important Role of former Nazis in Eastern Germany." 

November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

U.S. Relations and Policies in Southeast Asia, 1944-1958: Records of the Office of Southeast Asian Affairs

Date Range: 1944-1958
Content: 46,022 pages
Source Library: U.S. National Archives

Description

U.S. Relations and Policies in Southeast Asia, 1944-1958: Records of the Office of Southeast Asian Affairs puts American policy in Southeast Asia and the traumatic events of the first Indochina War and the desire for Communist containment into the larger perspective of the Cold War.  Historically, U.S. policy and diplomacy with Southeast Asia has been defined by U.S. interests in the region, whether it's maintaining free lanes of communication through the South China Sea, gaining access to the resources and markets of Southeast Asia, or containing the spread of Communism. Since World War II, the U.S. has constantly been involved in conflicts in the region: providing material and financial support for France during the First Indochina War and direct involvement in the Viet Cong insurgency in South Vietnam.

This collection identifies the key issues, individuals, and events in the history of U.S.-Southeast Asia relations between 1944 and 1958, and places them in the context of the complex and dynamic regional strategic, political, and economic processes that have fashioned the American role in Southeast Asia. 

This collection consists of a range of primary source documents that provide a wealth of information necessary for research in Asian and Southeast Asian Studies, Military History, Diplomatic Studies, International Affiars, Political Studies, Conflict Studies, and Post-Colonial Studies:

  • Correspondence and memoranda
  • Telegrams, despatches, instructions, and notes to and from the U.S. military, British embassy, and the State Department
  • Reports, studies, and background material prepared for congressional hearings
  • Press releases
  • National Intelligence Estimates
  • Background documents, briefing papers, reports and studies
  • Operations Coordinating Board studies
  • Psychological Intelligence Digests
  • Central Intelligence Agency briefs and reports
  • Weekly Intelligence Digests
  • British Intelligence reports
  • Situation reports and translations
  • Instructions sent to and correspondence received by the State Department

U.S. Relations and Policies in Southeast Asia, 1944-1958: Records of the Office of Southeast Asian Affairs provides many dissertation and research opportunities, including:

  • U.S. Policy in Southeast Asia
  • Pacific Rim policy
  • Soviet-Chinese Communism
  • Impact of the loss of China on U.S. Far East Policy
  • Nation-building in Asia
  • U.S. Military assistance in Southeast Asia
  • Transition of British power in Southeast to U.S. policy
  • And much more

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