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2004 History Abstracts

2004 Research Fair Archive - History Abstracts

Contradictions Of Cold War Diplomacy: The United States And Tibet, 1942-1974
by Benjamin Austin

By mid 1950, Tibet had been all but abandoned, not by the Chinese, who occupied it, but by the "free world." Owing to the complexities of Cold War politics and paranoia, Tibet became a symbol of the United States State Department's dualism. While paying lip service to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan loyalists, the United States government never made a substantive diplomatic or military move to help Tibet fight off Chinese occupation. This paper analyzes this dichotomy as a Cold War phenomenon.