Zhihua, Shen.

Mao, Stalin and the Korean War : Trilateral Communist Relations in the 1950s. - 1 online resource (265 pages) - eBooks on Demand Cold War History . - Cold War History .

Mao, Stalin and the Korean War Trilateral communist relations in the 1950s -- Copyright -- Contents -- Translator's acknowledgments and thoughts -- Introduction -- 1 Stalin: From Yalta to the Far East -- Soviet postwar foreign policy goals -- A juggling act: peaceful coexistence, world revolution and realpolitik -- From opportunistic cooperation to outright confrontation -- In Stalin's eyes: Marshall Plan equals containment -- Stalin's answer: Cominform conformity in Europe -- Relative Soviet moderation in the Far East -- 2 Korea: The evolution of Soviet postwar policy -- The 38th parallel: a hastily drawn line -- Stalin loses his bid to gain a foothold in Japan -- Wartime Korean trusteeship planning -- Early Soviet occupation policy -- Soviet-American face- off in Korea -- Communist North Korea: born and nurtured -- Division cemented: the ROK and the DPRK are established -- Stalin sidesteps an alliance with the DPRK -- 3 China: Twists and turns of Soviet postwar policy -- Moscow's gains in Northeast China paramount -- Communists and Nationalists position for Civil War -- Roots of Moscow's distrust of the Chinese Communists -- Chinese Communists try to anticipate Soviet postwar policy -- Stalin warns Chinese Communists against civil war -- Chinese Communists deploy forces to Northeast China -- Conflicting Soviet signals -- Soviets react to specter of U.S. influence in Northeast China -- Under Nationalist pressure, Soviets restrict Chinese Communists -- Chinese Communists reassess policy in the Northeast -- Renewed Soviet-Nationalist tensions -- Forced to withdraw, Soviets tilt to the Chinese Communists -- Chinese Communists fill vacuum in the Northeast -- Enhanced Chinese Communist stature in Soviet eyes -- Moscow offers to mediate between Nationalists and Communists -- Mao wary of Soviet intent -- Chinese Communists advance, Stalin recalibrates. Mao asks to visit Moscow, Stalin cautiously delays -- 4 Paving Mao's road to Moscow -- Mikoyan's secret visit to Mao's headquarters -- Mongolia: Soviet Nyet on return to China -- Xinjiang: Soviets pledge non- interference -- Northeast China: feeling each other out -- Chinese Communists seek enhanced military and economic aid -- Mikoyan's reaction to Chinese Communist policies -- Chinese Communist shifts after Mikoyan's visit -- Liu Shaoqi delegation to Moscow disguised as a trade mission -- Fealty to Stalin proclaimed -- Chinese Communists reiterate need for Soviet aid -- Uncle Joe's advice on Xinjiang -- The 1945 Soviet-Nationalist treaty and Northeast China -- Stalin rebuffs request for aid to liberate Taiwan -- 5 Mao's trip to Moscow -- Chinese economy in ruins -- Trip preparations -- Mao in Moscow -- A new year -- A new dawn -- Zhou arrives, hard bargaining begins -- Bones of contention -- Lingering Soviet dissatisfaction? -- 6 Stalin reverses his Korea policy -- Multiple plausible causes -- Korea: a place of Stalin's choosing -- The 38th parallel: a high tension line -- Soviet "defensive" military assistance to the DPRK in 1949 -- Divided counsel on unleashing Kim -- Moscow tells Shtykov: just say Nyet -- 1950: a new year, a new Soviet calculus -- America and China factors in Stalin's eyes -- Communist Chinese-North Koreans Talks in 1949 -- China repatriates Korean soldiers in the PLA -- Kim informs Mao of war plans -- 7 North Korea crosses the 38th parallel -- Soviet support for North Korea's war plan -- U.S. intervention: a surprise -- Soviet advisers and "Kim's affair" -- China's early reaction to the war -- Increasing the "China factor" -- Stalin reacts to the U.S. Inchon landing -- China's response as the North Koreans fall back -- A last- minute (unheard) message to the Americans -- Kim asks for direct assistance. 8 China decides: "Whatever the sacrifice necessary" -- Mao's October 2 message published by China -- Mao's October 2 message from the Russian archives -- Two messages compared -- Soviets prepare to withdraw -- Stalin to Kim: it's all up to Mao -- Zhou's mission to the USSR -- Testing time for the new alliance -- Stalin's last- minute surprise -- The push and pull of assistance -- 9 A new stage in Sino- Soviet cooperation -- Soviet air cover arrives earlier than promised -- The Chinese air force: trouble getting off the ground -- Mao's obsession: mobile warfare -- Stalin's warning: the Americans are not foolish -- Massive Soviet military assistance to China -- Sino- Soviet economic relations take off -- Fighting without break: "Politics demand we break through the 38th parallel" -- China's volunteers run out of steam -- UN ceasefire proposal: U.S. reluctantly agrees, China says no -- Pressure grows on Chinese and North Korean forces -- Stalemate: the war that wouldn't end -- "Talking and fighting" -- The Korean endgame and beyond -- Notes -- Selected bibliography and suggested further reading -- Index.

This book examines relations between China and the Soviet Union during the 1950s, and provides an insight into Chinese thinking about the Korean War. This volume is based on a translation of Shen Zihua's best-selling Chinese-language book, which broke the mainland Chinese taboo on publishing non-heroic accounts of the Korean War.The author combined information detailed in Soviet-era diplomatic documents (released after the collapse of the Soviet Union) with Chinese memoirs, official document collections and scholarly monographs, in order to present a non-ideological, realpolitik account of the relations, motivations and actions among three Communist actors: Stalin, Mao Zedong and Kim Il-sung. This new translation represents a revisionist perspective on trilateral Communist alliance relations during the Korean War, shedding new light on the origins of the Sino-Soviet split and the rather distant relations between China and North Korea. It features a critical introduction to Shen's work and the text is based on original archival research not found in earlier books in English. This book will be of much interest to students of Communist China, Stalinist Russia, the Korean War, Cold War Studies and International History in general.


China -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union.
Korean War, 1950-1953.
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- China.

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DS918.8 -- .S5413 2012