'Churchill, Roosevelt, and China'
Fri, February 3, 2012 • 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
Ronald Heiferman QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY
Midway through World War II, Churchill, Roosevelt and Chiang Kai-shek made decisions on China that they hoped would have lasting significance. Each of the parties at the Cairo Conference in 1943 came with their own agendas, frequently contradictory. Chiang Kai-shek aimed to obtain commitment in the war against Japan. Roosevelt hoped to buoy the ego and spirits of Chiang and to insure that the Kuomintang regime would not make a separate peace with Japan. Churchill had no real interest in meeting with Chiang in Cairo at all, but intended to make sure that no agreements would be reached that would in any way prejudice British colonial interests in Southeast Asia.
Ronald Heiferman is Professor of History at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, and a Fellow of Berkeley College, Yale University. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books. His latest book, The Cairo Conference of 1943: Roosevelt, Churchill, Chiang Kai-shek and Madame Chiang was published in February 2011. He has been awarded five National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowships, including one at the University of Texas in 1991.