All Americans, not just scholars, could benefit from the lessons that this book offers. By 1951, this condition had effectively curbed the Korean War. He takes into account the balance between the international and internal factors that led to the war and examines the difficulty in containing and eventually ending the fighting. Category: History Author : Patrick M. This was an excellent read, the level of detail given to the geo-political strategy of the time from every side was amazing.
The Korean War grew out of the Cold War, it exacerbated the Cold War, and its impact transcended the Cold War. Stueck makes that case that the initiation of hostilities was a civil conflict amplified by regional and global currents. Direction of the Unification Argument 56 2. Stueck's crisp yet in-depth analysis combines insightful treatment of past events with a suggestive appraisal of their significance for present and future. He spends considerable space on such topics as the North Korean perspective and American atrocities from 1950-53. He notes that preserving a strong U. It militarized a conflict that previously had been largely political and economic.
Most important, Cumings displays a limited grasp of sources that have emerged since he published his second volume on the war's origins in 1990. This is a significant book that will be of huge interest to anyone studying East Asian politics, history or society. But was this proximity of conflicting governments enough to make war inevitable? By Bruce Cumings Modern Library. It points the way toward a new international history. Rethinking the Korean War: A New Diplomatic and Strategic History. This volume, the first of two, provides a comprehensive reexamination of the origins of the conflict, the various dimensions of the nineteen-month conflagration, the legacy of the war, and its place in the history of the twentieth century.
This book may be recommended to anyone wishing to obtain an up-to-date synthesis of the major disputes and controversies involved in the Korean war. William Stueck presents a fresh analysis of the Korean War's major diplomatic and strategic issues. Through these applications students can see how a game-theoretic logic can combine with the operational code research program to innovatively combine levels of analysis. And it solidified a series of divisions--of Korea into North and South, of Germany and Europe into East and West, and of China into the mainland and Taiwan--which were to persist for at least two generations. Supported by insights gained from new sources and demonstrating a high sensitivity toward the international nature of the conflict in Korea, it is of great scholarly significance.
Drawing on a cache of information from archives in the United States, China and the former Soviet Union, he provides an interpretive synthesis for scholars and general readers alike. This discussion covers the progression toward Chinese intervention as well as factors that both prolonged the war and prevented it from expanding beyond Korea. This produced a class-conflict dynamic that drove northern and southern authorities to seek preeminence on the peninsula as a whole. Supported by insights gained from new sources and demonstrating a high sensitivity toward the international nature of the conflict in Korea, it is of great scholarly significance. It then provides a series of topical chapters on the civil conflict in Korea before the war, the brutality of the war itself and memories of the war, or lack thereof, in the United States, Korea and Japan. But the convergence of this necessity, the civil war in China, and rising U. Understanding the Costs of Unification 34 2.
He takes into account the balance between the international and internal factors that led to the war and examines the difficulty in containing and eventually ending the fighting. It also solidified a series of divisions - of Korea into North and South, of Germany and Europe into East and West and of China into the mainland and Taiwan - which were to persist for at least two generations. Stueck goes on to address the impact of the war on Korean-American relations and evaluates the performance and durability of an American political culture confronting a challenge from authoritarianism abroad. The report begins with an overview of the destabilizing economic, political and military trends in North Korea. It militarized a conflict that previously had been largely political and economic.
It points the way toward a new international history. This is an important work and will likely appeal to the specialists and general readers alike. The relevance of Rethinking the Korean War for current affairs arises from Stueck's persuasive account of both the importance of U. William Stueck presents a fresh analysis of the Korean War's major diplomatic and strategic issues. Jump to: , Subject William Stueck.
The author packs a tremendous amount of detail and analysis in this work, which is divided into three parts. The authors employ binary role theory to demonstrate that relying only on a state-systemic level or an individual-decision making level of analysis leads to an incomplete picture of how leaders steer their ships of state through the hazards of international crises to establish stable relations of cooperation or conflict. It also suggests what might be done about it, offering operational and strategic recommendations to ensure that the U. Ambrosius Reviews in American History. By contrast, the shooting phase of the Korean War ended with the respective sides striving to demonstrate control of the peace process, a willingness to continue the fight, and a moral sense of justification for every blow. This seems particularly true of the Korean War, and in his book Rethinking the Korean War: A New Diplomatic and Strategic History, William Stueck argues that the conflict which began as a civil war during the genesis of the Cold War would nearly start a world war and affect the relations of Communist and democratic nations.