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By Bruce Cumings

ISBN-10: 0679643575

ISBN-13: 9780679643579

A bracing account of a battle that lingers in our collective reminiscence as either ambiguous and unjustly ignored For american citizens, it was once a discrete clash lasting from 1950 to 1953 that has lengthy been overshadowed by way of global conflict II, Vietnam, and the warfare on Terror. yet as Bruce Cumings eloquently explains, for the Asian international the Korean struggle used to be a generations-long struggle that also haunts modern occasions. And in a truly possible way, even though its real roots and repercussions remain both misunderstood, forgotten, or willfully missed, it's the conflict that helped shape smooth America’s dating to the world.With entry to new proof and mystery fabrics from either right here and in a foreign country, together with an archive of captured North Korean records, Cumings unearths the conflict because it used to be really fought. He describes its begin as a civil struggle, preordained lengthy ahead of the 1st pictures have been fired in June 1950 by means of lingering fury over Japan’s profession of Korea from 1910 to 1945. Cumings then stocks the overlooked heritage of America’s post–World warfare II career of Korea, the untold tales of bloody insurgencies and rebellions, and the strong militaries geared up and outfitted by way of the US and the Soviet Union in that divided land. He tells of the U.S. formally coming into the motion at the part of the South, and exposes as by no means earlier than the appalling massacres and atrocities dedicated on each side and the “oceans of napalm” dropped at the North through U.S. forces in a remarkably violent struggle that killed as many as 4 million Koreans, thirds of whom have been civilians.In sobering element, The Korean conflict chronicles a U.S. domestic entrance agitated by way of Joseph McCarthy, the place absolutist conformity discouraged open inquiry and citizen dissent. Cumings incisively ties our present international coverage again to Korea: an the USA with enormous quantities of everlasting army bases overseas, a wide status military, and an everlasting nationwide protection country at domestic, the final word results of a really appropriate and restricted coverage of containment evolving into an ongoing and possible unending worldwide crusade.Elegantly written and blisteringly sincere, The Korean conflict is, just like the struggle it illuminates, short, devastating, and crucial.

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But this aristocracy, known as yangban, did not last so long and survive one crisis after another by being purely exploitative; it fostered a scholar-official elite, a civil service, venerable statecraft, splendid works of art, and a national pastime 41/655 of educating the young. 2 But global depression, war, and ever-increasing Japanese repression in the 1930s destroyed much of this progress, turned many elite Koreans into collaborators, and left few options for patriots besides armed resistance.

The distinction is between the stereotypical judgment that Korea is just “Little China,” or nothing more than a transmission belt for Buddhist and Confucian culture flowing into Japan, and a nation and culture as different from Japan or China as Italy or France is from Germany. Korea also had a social structure that persisted for centuries: during the five hundred years of the last dynasty the vast majority of 40/655 Koreans were peasants, most of them tenants working land held by one of the world’s most tenacious aristocracies.

All Asian names except those of famous people (like Syngman Rhee) are given last name first; for widely known individuals or for those who have published in the West, I use the name as they write it (for example Kim Dae Jung, or Dae-sook Suh). 35/655 36/655 CHAPTER ONE T C HE OURSE OF THE W AR On the very day that President Barack Obama fielded a student’s question in Moscow about whether a new Korean War was in the offing (July 7, 2009), the papers were filled with commentary on the death of Robert Strange McNamara.

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