Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. A. Stanley Trickett


"It is startling to realize," the longshore philosopher Eric Hoffer observes, "how much unbelief is necessary to make belief possible." So it is with the myth of Yalta--the"Yalta Betrayal' in which, as a result of the "stupidity, treason, and rottenness [which] had penetrated the core of the American government," this country allegedly sold out its principles, its vital interests, and its friends, notably the Chinese Nationalist Government. At the wartime Crimean Conference with Stalin and Churchill, according to former Ambassador to Russia William C. Bullitt, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, "secretly, behind the back of China in Manchuria were sacrificed to Soviet imperislism," unnecessarily bought Soviet entry into the war against Japan, and "paved the way for war in the Far East." At Yalta, declared Gen. Patrick J. Eurley, who had served a year as Roosevelt's Ambassador to China, "American diplomats.. wrote the blueprint for the Communist conquest of China,' and Gen. Douglas MacArthur observed that "one of the gravest mistakes that was ever amde was to permit the Soviet to come down into China at Fort Arthur, Dairen, and other places of that sort." At Yalta, Sen. Joe McCarthy charged, China was "sold out" to the Russian Communists and "the stage was set" for the war in Korea: "No need to point out that at Yalta a dying President had at his right hand as his guiding genius, the traitor, Alger Hiss."...


A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of History University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1964 Leonard Boasberg

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