The Korean War in World History [NOOK Book]

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In the fifty years since the end of the Korean War, cold war ideologies have disappeared, and extensive collections of previously unseen documents, particularly from archives in the former Soviet Union, are now available. William Stueck has joined with five other distinguished historians to present the newest perspectives on the Korean War, each focusing on Korea's relationship to another world power at the time of the conflict in order to illuminate the war's larger role in ...
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Overview

In the fifty years since the end of the Korean War, cold war ideologies have disappeared, and extensive collections of previously unseen documents, particularly from archives in the former Soviet Union, are now available. William Stueck has joined with five other distinguished historians to present the newest perspectives on the Korean War, each focusing on Korea's relationship to another world power at the time of the conflict in order to illuminate the war's larger role in modern history.

The Korean War in World History emphasizes that the war was not merely a confined skirmish on the Asian peninsula among superpowers. Eventually military personnel from twenty-one governments contributed to the fighting, and the arms race between East and West escalated significantly. The unfolding war in Korea not only influenced the course of the cold war but also set precedents for Asia's next international conflict in Vietnam. Perhaps most importantly, the conflict of 1950-1953 left Korea sharply divided and in a state of perpetual tension that continues to threaten international peace and security.

Building fresh and unconventional interpretations of the war based on emerging evidence, Stueck and the volume's contributors link their work to the growing historiography of the event. The essays look critically at the nations in this theater of battle and illuminate the crucial activities of each country in the buildup and prosecution of the war. Kathryn Weathersby reassesses the Soviet Union's role, while CHEN Jian discusses Korean Communists' close relationship with China, North Korea's other major ally. Lloyd C. Gardner and Michael Schaller focus on South Korea's supporters, the United States and Japan, respectively. Looking at the origins of the conflict from a different perspective, Allan R. Millett argues that the Koreans themselves were the main architects of the war on their divided peninsula.

The Korean War in World History features the accomplishments of noted historians and lays the groundwork for the next generation of scholarship. Stueck and the contributors analyze a host of political, diplomatic, and military issues to offer vivid portrayals of the international relations of this turbulent era. Taken together, the essays demonstrate that a full understanding of the vast sweep of twentieth-century history must include broad perspectives on the international dimensions, origins, and effects of the Korean War.

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"Well-written and should interest anyone with a desire to know more about America's 'Forgotten War.'" — Air Power History

"A useful guide for scholars, teachers, and students. It shows how far we have come in our knowledge of this once-forgotten war, and it opens the path for new work on the subject that goes beyond the residual scholarly divides of the Cold War." — American Historical Review

"Stueck has joined with five other historians, each focusing on Korea's relationship to a different world power." — Choice

"An important work that should be read by teachers interested in the conflict." — Education about Asia

"The participating scholars are all first-rate, and their essays add much to our understanding of this conflict and its impact in East Asia." — H-Net Reviews

"Stueck deserves praise for carefully editing the five essays in the anthology and for contributing an excellent synthetic introduction and provocative conclusion." — Journal of American History

"Each essay is lively and vigorously argued." — Journal of Military History

"Provides insights to the dynamics of the Korean War that are sometimes surprising, but always interesting." — Military

"These writings shed considerable light on the conditions in Korea that led to the conflict, China's and Russia's reasons for supporting North Korean aggression, and why the United States reacted the way it did." — Military Trader

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813136950
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • File size: 744 KB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Korean people : missing in action in the misunderstood war, 1945-1954 13
2 The Soviet role in the Korean War : the state of historical knowledge 61
3 In the name of revolution : China's road to the Korean War revisited 93
4 Korean borderlands : imaginary frontiers of the Cold War 126
5 The Korean War : the economic and strategic impact on Japan, 1950-1953 145
Conclusion 177
Contributors 191
Index 193
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