Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Paul L. Beck

Second Advisor

Dr. Harl A. Dalstrom


The American attitude toward the defense of Formosa and the offshore islands during the Quemoy crisis that erupted in September 1954 was intertwined with American policy toward China in general and the Nationalist Government in Formosa in particular. The United States had tried to stay out of the civil conflict between the Nationalists and the Communists. Yet the sequence of events that developed in the Far East forced the United States to take a position in favor of the Nationalists on Formosa. The American policy toward Formosa, although it ran counter to the Communists, was not fully identified with the cause of the Nationalists. A review of the divergent objectives of each of the three parties involved is the first point in order.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1971, Donald H. Chang

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