Part 1 of this volume was prepared under the direct supervision of the late S. Everett Gleason, Chief of the Foreign Relations Division, with additional review by Richardson Dougall.
Herbert A. Fine prepared the sections on the Near East, and David H. Stauffer those on South Asia and Africa. Paul Claussen, Margaret G. Martin, and Ruth M. Worthing provided editorial and research assistance.
The editors acknowledge with appreciation the assistance provided them by the historians of the Department of Defense, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They are also grateful for the cooperation of the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and the Central Intelligence Agency, which concurred in the declassification of various papers for release herein.
The technical editing of this volume was done by Helen V. Gilbert of the Publishing and Reproduction Division, headed by Willard M. McLaughlin. The index for part 1 was prepared by Francis C. Prescott.
Part 2 will contain documentation on the problem of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
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