China's Road to the Korean War: The Making of the Sino-American Confrontation

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Columbia University Press, 1994 - History - 339 pages
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Through the use of recently released Chinese documents, conversations with People's Republic of China scholars, and in-depth interviews with people who were present at key decision-making meetings, this book aims to discover China and the USSR's roles in the outbreak of the Korean conflict.
 

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This is an excellent book, written from largely Chinese primary sources. The terms "seminal" and "groundbreaking" are used ad nauseum these days, but it is really true for this book. Chen argues that ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Emergence of a Revolutionary Power 19481949
7
Revolutionary Commitments and Security Concerns New China Faces the World
9
Friends and Enemies A Stage Set for Confrontation
31
The Recognition Controversy The Origins of SinoAmerican Confrontation
33
Leaning to One Side The Formation of the SinoSoviet Alliance
64
Taiwan Indochina and Korea Beijings Confrontation with the US Escalates
92
The Road to Intervention
123
Beijings Response to the Outbreak of the Korean War
125
After Inchon The Making of the Decision on Intervention
158
The Decision Stands the Test China Crosses theYalu
190
Conclusions
211
Notes
225
Selected Bibliography
291
Index
317
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Chen Jian is Professor of the History of US-China Relations at Cornell University.

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