The Korean War in Britain

The Korean War in Britain Citizenship, Selfhood and Forgetting - Cultural History of Modern War

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The Korean War in Britain explores the social and cultural impact of the Korean War (1950-53) on Britain. Coming just five years after the ravages of the Second World War, Korea was a deeply unsettling moment in post-war British history. From allegations about American use of 'germ' warfare to anxiety over Communist use of 'brainwashing' and treachery at home, the Korean War precipitated a series of short-lived panics in 1950s Britain. But by the time of its uneasy ceasefire in 1953, the war was becoming increasingly forgotten. Using Mass Observation surveys, letters, diaries and a wide range of under-explored contemporary material, this book charts the war's changing position in British popular imagination and asks how it became known as the 'Forgotten War'. It explores the war in a variety of viewpoints - conscript, POW, protester and veteran - and is essential reading for anyone interested in Britain's Cold War past.

Book information

ISBN: 9781526118950
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 951.9042
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 394g
Height: 144mm
Width: 223mm
Spine width: 21mm