Mission to Yenan
American Liaison with the Chinese Communists, 1944-1947
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.
"Aficionados of American political and diplomatic history may be pleasantly surprised at the riches in this book."—American Historical Review
"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
"A successful effort to portray the day-to-day inner workings of the mission and to evaluate its successes and failures."—Choice
"The Dixie Mission in retrospect embodies more significance than its wartime performance."—Military History
"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
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