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The Korean War was a significant turning point in the Cold War. This book explains how the conflict in a small peninsula in East Asia had a tremendous impact on the entire international system and the balance of power between the two superpowers, America and Russia. Through the conflict, the West demonstrated its resolve to thwart Communist aggression and the armed forces of China, the Soviet Union and the United States came into direct combat for the only time during the Cold War.
About the Author
Carter Malkasian completed his doctorate on the history of wars of attrition, specialising in the Korean War, at Oxford University. He has taught a number of history courses at Oxford, including the history of the Cold War.
Table of Contents
Warring sides: Two Koreas, the Superpowers, and China 8
Outbreak: The Communists strike 13
The fighting: Avoiding a third world war 16
Portrait of a soldier: Patrolling, raiding, and digging 64
The world around war: The domestic and international impact 69
Portrait of a civilian: Kyonshill Kang 73
How the war ended: Closing moves 78
Conclusion and consequences: The significance of the Korean War in the history of warfare 86
For More Information 92
For Further Reading 93