Korean War: An Interpretative History by Stanley Sandler

By Stanley Sandler

An interpretative background of the Korean warfare. The textual content examines the warfare in the broader context of Korea's historical past, providing an research of the process the warfare, and assessing the position of either North and South Korea and the allied forces within the clash. The examine is going past the battlefield, to guage the contribution of the UN naval forces and the effect of the struggle at the "homefront". matters comparable to defectors, competition to the warfare, POWs and the media are explored and unique learn in regards to the war's origins and improvement is included from Soviet documents. This paintings may still end up to be of price to scholars and students of 20th-century background, fairly, these occupied with American and Pacific heritage.

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A decade later, Japan and Russia clashed in full-scale war over control of the Korean peninsula. Japan emerged victorious, to the world’s astonishment, and tightened its grip on Korea. Russia thus had lost its own opportunity to subjugate Korea to the status of a colony. But the Russians would be back. The United States, far from opposing foreign control of a nation to whom it was bound by treaty, actually encouraged Japanese domination of Korea. President Theodore Roosevelt admired the Japanese (while at the same time publicly fearing “The Yellow Peril”) but for some reason held the Koreans in utter contempt.

The “in due course” phrase, of course, seemed to postpone what “free and independent” had given, to the outrage of Rhee, Kim Ku, and other Korean nationalists. President Roosevelt later patronizingly proposed a four-power trusteeship for Korea’s post-war reconstruction, a suggestion hardly more acceptable for a proud, united nation that had been brutally colonized by the mutual Japanese enemy. FDR and his advisers thought that it might take some 20 to 30 years of trusteeship before Korea would be fit for independence, that is, when they thought about Korea at all.

Hodge later explained that he had simply referred to the old Japanese/Korean police force he had inherited in 1945: whatever the nationality of its members, to the Koreans themselves they were indeed “the same breed of cat”. Actually, the Japanese/Korean police force was almost immediately disbanded by the Americans, but 85 per cent of their replacements lacked any law enforcement experience. They tended to use Japanese methods and worked under the assumption that anyone taken into custody was probably guilty, otherwise he wouldn’t have been arrested in the first place.

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