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The Korean War (Twentieth Century Wars) [Paperback]

Peter Lowe

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12 Jun 2000 Twentieth Century Wars
This volume provides an overview of the origins, nature and aftermath of the war that was fought in the Korean peninsula between 1950 and 1953. Attention is focused particularly on the first year of the war, which witnessed profound variations in the fortunes of both sides. This includes the initial North Korean attack, China's dramatic entry into the war, and the controversy surrounding the conduct and dismissal of General MacArthur. Lowe also discusses why the signing of an armistice in July 1953 failed to secure a full peace settlement. He brings his discussion right up to date with the developments in Korea since the death of Kim Il Sung in 1994.

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'Useful as a basic text which also provides a clear line into the historiography of the topic.' - David Killingray, Goldsmiths College

'Well-organised and thorough coverage.' - Curtis Andressen, Flinders University --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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PETER LOWE is Reader in History at the University of Manchester.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, if you're mostly interested in diplomacy 21 Dec 2006
By Polymath - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is essentially a diplomatic history of the war, including before, and a little after the fighting. After finishing reading the book, I checked back and judged that fewer than a dozen pages (less than ten percent of the book) discussed actual military operations. For example, Task Force Smith is not even mentioned, and the Inchon landing is covered in a couple of sentences. Similarly with the UN retreat after the Chinese intervention--from the book, I hardly knew it happened. Since I've read several books on the Korean War, I could fill in the blanks on the military moves, and I did learn much new about the diplomatic and political environment of the times. However, this book is in a series about 20th Century WARS, and I feel wars are more than just ten percent about fighting. Other books in the series certainly spend more time on combat. So my judgment is, if you want a good, brief introduction to the diplomatic background of the Korean War, get this book; if you want to learn something at all in depth about the military moves, you will need to get another book as well.
2.0 out of 5 stars Useful for a few statistics, but the quality of scholarship is poor. 15 April 2014
By Zachary Endter - Published on Amazon.com
The book lazily misinterprets information to draw grandiose conclusions. For instance, Lowe claims that NSC-68 would have made Stalin aware of the US' likely reaction to North Korean encroachments, but it was not approved by Truman until after the Korean War began. Lowe ridiculously claims that the servicing of Korean airplanes a month before invasion indicates a lack of cooperation between Stalin and Kim Il Sung. How does he logically go from A to B? The world might never know.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly fine book depite being so short 3 Jan 2014
By Karl G. Larew - Published on Amazon.com
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It's good to see the war from a British perspective. Content and style are superb. It is amazing that Lowe can pack so much information and depth of insight into such a small book.
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