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The Korean War has been termed "The Forgotten War" or the "Unknown War." It is a conflict which never assumed the mythic character of the American Civil War or World War II. However, this book asserts, it would be impossible to understand the Cold War and indeed post 1945 global history without knowledge of the Korean War.

Providing a history of the Korean peninsula before the war and including a detailed analysis of the fighting itself, The Korean War goes beyond the battlefield to deal with the war in the air, ground attack, and air evacuation. The study also evaluates the contributions of the UN naval forces, the impact of the war on various homefronts and issues such as defectors, opposition to the war, racial segregation and integration, POWs and the media.

Recently-released Soviet documents are used to assess the role of China, the Soviet Union, North and South Korea and the allied forces in the conflict. This fascinating work offers a unique analysis of the Korean War and will be invaluable to students of twentieth-century history, particularly those concerned with American and Pacific history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. History and background
  2. pp. 17-46
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  1. 3. Invasion and retreat
  2. pp. 47-74
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  1. 4. The Pusan Perimeter
  2. pp. 75-84
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  1. 5. Inchon landings and pursuit northward
  2. pp. 85-94
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  1. 6. The UNC drive north
  2. pp. 95-116
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  1. 7. China's intervention and the second great UN retreat
  2. pp. 117-128
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  1. 8. Chinese offensives and stabilization of the battlelines
  2. pp. 129-148
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  1. 9. The United Nations' first war
  2. pp. 149-170
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  1. 10. The air and naval war
  2. pp. 171-196
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  1. 11. Behind the lines
  2. pp. 197-222
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  1. 12. Home fronts
  2. pp. 223-238
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  1. 13. Fighting and negotiating
  2. pp. 239-262
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  1. 14. Conclusions
  2. pp. 263-270
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 271-278
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  1. Select bibliography
  2. pp. 279-312
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. 313-322
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-332
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813157214
Related ISBN
9780813121192
MARC Record
OCLC
900344676
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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