The Korean War in World History

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William Stueck
University Press of Kentucky, May 14, 2004 - History - 203 pages
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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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Contents

The Korean People Missing in Action in the Misunderstood War 19451954
13
The Soviet Role in the Korean War The State of Historical Knowledge
61
In the Name of Revolution Chinas Road to the Korean War Revisited
93
Korean Borderlands Imaginary Frontiers of the Cold War
126
The Korean War The Economic and Strategic Impact on Japan 19501953
145
Conclusion
177
Contributors
191
Index
193
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