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The Korean War : an international history / William Stueck.

By: Stueck, William Whitney, 1945-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Princeton studies in international history and politics: Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1997Description: xii, 484 p. : maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0691016240 (pbk.); 9780691016245 (pbk.).Subject(s): Korean War, 1950-1953 | Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Diplomatic history | Wars History, 1948-1953 | KoreaDDC classification: 951.9042
Contents:
The Origins of the Korean War The Diplomacy of Confrontation and Consolidation Diplomacy Fails: The UN Counteroffensive and Chinese Intervention Limiting the War The Dimensions of Collective Action Armistice Talks: Origins and Initial Stages Progress Deadlock Concluding an Armistice The Korean War as International History
Summary: This book presents a balanced account of the Korean War, from its origins in 1950 to the armistice agreement four years later, on the basis of exhaustive research in the documents of the nations involved in the war.
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"Third printing, and first paperback printing, with corrections 1997"--T.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [447]-468) and index.

This book presents a balanced account of the Korean War, from its origins in 1950 to the armistice agreement four years later, on the basis of exhaustive research in the documents of the nations involved in the war.

Chapter 1 The Origins of the Korean War 10 -- Chapter 2 The Diplomacy of Confrontation and Consolidation 47 -- Chapter 3 Diplomacy Fails: The UN Counteroffensive and Chinese Intervention 85 -- Chapter 4 Limiting the War 127 -- Chapter 5 The Dimensions of Collective Action 167 -- Chapter 6 Armistice Talks: Origins and Initial Stages 204 -- Chapter 7 Progress 236 -- Chapter 8 Deadlock 268 -- Chapter 9 Concluding an Armistice 308 -- Chapter 10 The Korean War as International History 348.

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It can be argued reasonably that diplomacy in so-called limited wars is often more complex than in other conflicts. Wars not resolved quickly tend to stalemate militarily, leaving diplomats to finish things. This concept is illustrated in Stueck's study of the Korean War's torturous diplomacy. The conflict began with a year of mobile warfare followed by stabilization of the battle line just north of the 38th Parallel; it ended only after another two years of difficult negotiations. The diplomatic complexity stemmed from the involvement of more than 20 countries on both sides, each with widely differing perspectives. For example, South Korea and the US usually took a more aggressive approach to the war's military and diplomatic aspects, while their allies were more moderate. The communist side suffered similar divisions, but not to the same extent. Even greater gaps between the UN side and the communists slowed the final settlement. Stueck concludes that the Korean War contributed to the remilitarization of the NATO countries, eventually encouraged the Sino-Soviet split, and possibly prevented a larger war. This is a strong history of the conflict's diplomacy. Given the nature of the available sources, the work is likely to be definitive. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. L. de Rosa; Bridgewater State College

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William Stueck is Professor of History at the University of Georgia

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