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Origins of the Korean War, Vol. 2:
The Roaring of the Cataract, 1947-1950

by Bruce Cumings

ISBN 069102538X / 9780691025384 / 0-691-02538-X
Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Language English
Edition Softcover
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In continuing his argument that the Korean War was civil and revolutionary in character, Bruce Cumings examines the internal political-economic development of the two Korean states and the consequences, for Korea, of Cold War rivalry between the USA and the Soviet Union. He investigates the intense border fighting and internal political instability that preceded the Northern invasion and challenges the notion of sudden Soviet-sponsored intervention. He discusses, among other topics, the containment doctrine as applied to South Korea and the subsequent adoption by the USA of a "rollback" policy aimed at eliminating communism in North Korea. [via]