The Korean War: A History (Modern Library Chronicles) Paperback – 12 Jul 2011
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"A powerful revisionist history . . . a sobering corrective."--"The New York Times
"Worth reading . . . This work raises the question of what Korea can tell us about the outlook for Iraq and Afghanistan."--"Financial Times
"Well-sourced [and] elegantly presented."--"The Wall Street Journal"
A powerful revisionist history . . . a sobering corrective. "The New York Times
Worth reading . . . This work raises the question of what Korea can tell us about the outlook for Iraq and Afghanistan. "Financial Times
Well-sourced [and] elegantly presented. "The Wall Street Journal""
About the Author
Bruce Cumings is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of Chicago, and specializes in modern Korean history and East Asian American relations."
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Cummings places the war of 1950-53 firmly in its historical context, making it clear that there had in essence been conflict going back decades in Korea, exacerbated by the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, and between those who collaborated with the Japanese and those who didn't. To an extent this division was also class based. He also disabuses the reader of any notion that South Korea was a land of peace and tranquillity prior to the war, insurrections were endemic and the South Korean regimes response were extremely brutal. The background detail on the two regimes that formed when the U.S. artificially split Korea in 1945 is useful in so far as it diminishes assumptions based on the current state of North & South Korea.
Other issues dealt with include a fresh look at how the war started, the role of foreign powers (of whom the U.S. followed by the Chinese were the most important), the question of U.S.'s possible use of nuclear weapons, the role the war played in the origin of the Military-Industrial complex, attrocities (Cummings claims the U.S.Read more ›
Like it or not, the government of the north was popular amongst ordinary Koreans, which is why so many of them in the south were slaughtered by soldiers and militiamen who were often led by Americans.
Bruce Cumings continues in this vein to debunk many of the enduring myths surrounding the Korean War, invented by the U.S. and its allies at the time and left largely unchallenged since. In fact, the truth is almost the exact obverse of the official narrative. The supposed cruelty of the north is as nothing compared to the massacre and destruction wreaked by the south and its puppet master.
And finally, Cumings does his best to convey to the reader the history and character of Korea, all Korea. Through this book, you are guided to an understanding of where we are now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bruce Cummings is the doyen of left wing historians, ideologically determined to contort every aspect of the Korean war to portray the US in the worst possible light. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2014 by cart1234
It is very nice to have one and
Thank you for your knindly help to find
that is very hlepful for my studay
peace from London
Interesting and provocative, however (unless I missed the point) very little about the Korean War! I expected maps, logistics, details of strategy, high level wins/losses. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2012 by Amazon Customer