The Korean War in World History / Edition 1

The Korean War in World History / Edition 1

by William Stueck
     
 

The Korean War in World History features the accomplishments of noted scholars over the last decade and lays the groundwork for the next generation of scholarship. These essays present the latest thinking on the Korean War, focusing on the relationship of one country to the war. William Stueck's introduction and conclusion link each essay to the rich

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The Korean War in World History features the accomplishments of noted scholars over the last decade and lays the groundwork for the next generation of scholarship. These essays present the latest thinking on the Korean War, focusing on the relationship of one country to the war. William Stueck's introduction and conclusion link each essay to the rich historiography of the event and suggest the war's place within the history of the twentieth century. The Korean War had two very different faces. On one level the conflict was local, growing out of the internal conditions of Korea and fought almost entirely within the confines of a small Asian country located far from Europe. The fighting pitted Korean against Korean in a struggle to determine the balance of political power within the country. Yet the war had a huge impact on the international politics of the Cold War. Combat threatened to extend well beyond the peninsula, potentially igniting another global conflagration and leaving in its wake a much escalated arms race between the Western and Eastern blocs. The dynamics of that division remain today, threatening international peace and security in the twenty-first century. Contributors: Lloyd Gardner, Chen Jian, Allan R. Millett, Michael Schaller, and Kathryn Weathersby

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813123066
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
05/14/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Korean people : missing in action in the misunderstood war, 1945-195413
2The Soviet role in the Korean War : the state of historical knowledge61
3In the name of revolution : China's road to the Korean War revisited93
4Korean borderlands : imaginary frontiers of the Cold War126
5The Korean War : the economic and strategic impact on Japan, 1950-1953145
Conclusion177
Contributors191
Index193

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