First Advisor

Bernard Burke

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in History






Nationalism -- Tunisia, United States -- Foreign relations -- Tunisia, Tunisia -- Foreign relations -- United States, United States -- Foreign relations -- France, France -- Foreign relations -- United States



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1 online resource (284 p.)


This thesis has attempted to describe the controversy between Robert Murphy and Hooker Doolittle over American policy toward the North Africans and French during World War II. The research was based primarily on material from State Department documents found in the National Archives supplemented by material from the French archives as well as memoirs, personal interviews, and histories of the period. In order for the reader to understand this particular dispute, the problem was developed in the context of the larger political scene as it evolved in North Africa. The controversy between de Gaulle and Giraud was described since it tended to dominate relations between the United States and France at that time. As a result of the research, it was obvious that Murphy's position prevailed, but not without raising important questions about the long term implications of this position.


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