The Korean War: Essential Histories Series

The Korean War: Essential Histories Series

by Carter Malkasian


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The Korean War: Essential Histories Series by Carter Malkasian

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841762821
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Series: Essential Histories Series
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 877,867
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)

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

Introduction     5
Chronology     7
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
Glossary     91
For More Information     92
For Further Reading     93
Index     94

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