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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Korean War

ISBN 9780333739693
Publication Date June 2000
Formats Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Twentieth Century Wars

This is the first title in a new series, Twentieth Century Wars, and is published for the fiftieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. Peter Lowe provides an overview of the origins, nature and aftermath of the war that was fought in the Korean peninsula between 1950 and 1953. Attention is focused particularly on the extraordinary first year of the war, which witnessed profound variations in the fortunes of both sides. This includes the initial North Korean attack, China's dramatic entry into the war, and the controversy surrounding the conduct and dismissal of General MacArthur. Lowe also discusses why the signing of an armistice in July 1953 failed to secure a full peace settlement. He brings his discussion right up-to-date with the developments in Korea since the death of Kim Il Sung in 1994.

PETER LOWE was one time Reader in History at the University of Manchester.

List of Maps
The Gathering Storm
The Start of the War
China Enters the Conflict
Confusion and Instability
The Departure of MacArthur
The Start of Armistice Talks
The Last Phase of the War and the Signing of an Armistice
The Rebuilding of the Two Korean States and Continued Enmity
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Useful as a basic text which also provides a clear line into the historiography of the topic.' - David Killingray, Goldsmiths College
'Well-organised and thorough coverage.' - Curtis Andressen, Flinders University
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