Book The Korean War : a history / Bruce Cumings.
Publication year: 2010.
Call Number DS918 .C86 2010
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library
ISBN: 9780679643579- 0679643575-
Series title: Modern Library chronicles book ; 33
Extent: xix, 288 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953 overshadowed by World War II, Vietnam, and the War on Terror. Bruce Cumings explains for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long fight that still haunts contemporary events. And it is the war that helped form modern America's relationship to the world. With access to new evidence and secret materials including an archive of captured North Korean documents, Cumings reveals the war as it was fought. He describes its start as a civil war, preordained by lingering fury over Japan's occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945. Cumings shares history of America's post-World War II occupation of Korea, untold stories of bloody insurgencies and rebellions, and powerful militaries organized and equipped by America and the Soviet Union in that divided land. He tells of United States officially entering action on side of the South, and exposes the appalling massacres and atrocities committed on all sides and the "oceans of napalm" dropped on North by U.S. forces in a violent war that killed four million Koreans, two thirds of whom were civilians. The Korean War chronicles a U.S. home front agitated by Joseph McCarthy, where absolutist conformity discouraged open inquiry and citizen dissent. Cumings ties our current foreign policy back to Korea: an America with hundreds of permanent military bases abroad, a large standing Army, and a permanent national security state at home--Publisher's description.
The course of the war -- The party of memory -- The party of forgetting -- Culture of repression -- 38 degrees of separation : a forgotten occupation -- "The most disproportionate result" : the air war -- The flooding of memory -- A "forgotten war" that remade the United States and the Cold War -- Requiem : history in the temper of reconciliation.