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Cold War Crucible
Cold War Crucible

Cold War Crucible

The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World

Masuda Hajimu

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After World War II, the major powers faced social upheaval at home and anticolonial wars around the globe. Alarmed by conflict in Korea that could change U.S.-Soviet relations from chilly to nuclear, ordinary people and policymakers created a fantasy of a bipolar Cold War world in which global and domestic order was paramount, Masuda Hajimu shows.
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Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World A01 By (author) N Masuda Hajimu 235 156 BB Hardback 400 Harvard University Press Harvard University Press Cambridge, Mass United States HBW Military history HBTW The Cold War HBWS1 Korean War HBW Military history HBTW The Cold War HBWS1 Korean War 1.3 NHTW NHWR9 NHWR NHWL The Cold War Military history: post-WW2 conflicts Specific wars & campaigns Modern warfare 1FPKN 1FPKS 3MPQM 1FPK North Korea South Korea c 1950 to c 1959 Korea After World War II, the major powers faced social upheaval at home and anticolonial wars around the globe. Alarmed by conflict in Korea that could change U.S.-Soviet relations from chilly to nuclear, ordinary people and policymakers created a fantasy of a bipolar Cold War world in which global and domestic order was paramount, Masuda Hajimu shows. The end of World War II did not mean the arrival of peace. The major powers faced social upheaval at home, while anticolonial wars erupted around the world. American-Soviet relations grew chilly, but the meaning of the rivalry remained disputable. Cold War Crucible reveals the Korean War as the catalyst for a new postwar order. The conflict led people to believe in the Cold War as a dangerous reality, a belief that would define the fears of two generations. In the international arena, North Korea's aggression was widely interpreted as the beginning of World War III. At the domestic level, the conflict generated a wartime logic that created dividing lines between "us" and "them," precipitating waves of social purges to stifle dissent. The United States allowed McCarthyism to take root; Britain launched anti-labor initiatives; Japan conducted its Red Purge; and China cracked down on counterrevolutionaries. These attempts to restore domestic tranquility were not a product of the Cold War, Masuda Hajimu shows, but driving forces in creating a mindset for it. Alarmed by the idea of enemies from within and faced with the notion of a bipolar conflict that could quickly go from chilly to nuclear, ordinary people and policymakers created a fantasy of a Cold War world in which global and domestic order was paramount. In discovering how policymaking and popular opinion combined to establish and propagate the new postwar reality, Cold War Crucible offers a history that reorients our understanding of what the Cold War really was. An original and important book, which challenges established truths and significantly adds to our understanding of the early Cold War. Masuda's work is a useful corrective to histories of the Korean War that focus mainly on U.S. perspectives. Cold War history at its best!--Odd Arne Westad, author of Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750 Cold War Crucible builds on both the traditional approach to diplomatic history and the so-called 'cultural turn.' Masuda unearths the roots of social change at the local level in several different societies to show how change impacted reactions to larger events and, in turn, influenced and was influenced by national political elites. An impressive book.--William Stueck, author of Rethinking the Korean War: A New Diplomatic and Strategic History There is no doubt of Masuda's overall achievement. This is a superb work that bridges international and social history, underpinned by highly impressive research, to make arguments of real importance for our understanding of the Cold War.-- (09/18/2015) Masuda Hajimu is Assistant Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. 03022015 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 34.95 0.00 34.95 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available GARD Y The end of World War II did not mean the arrival of peace. The major powers faced social upheaval at home, while anticolonial wars erupted around the world. American-Soviet relations grew chilly, but the meaning of the rivalry remained disputable. Cold War Crucible reveals the Korean War as the catalyst for a new postwar order. The conflict led people to believe in the Cold War as a dangerous reality, a belief that would define the fears of two generations. In the international arena, North Korea's aggression was widely interpreted as the beginning of World War III. At the domestic level, the conflict generated a wartime logic that created dividing lines between "us" and "them," precipitating waves of social purges to stifle dissent. The United States allowed McCarthyism to take root; Britain launched anti-labor initiatives; Japan conducted its Red Purge; and China cracked down on counterrevolutionaries. These attempts to restore domestic tranquility were not a product of the Cold War, Masuda Hajimu shows, but driving forces in creating a mindset for it. Alarmed by the idea of enemies from within and faced with the notion of a bipolar conflict that could quickly go from chilly to nuclear, ordinary people and policymakers created a fantasy of a Cold War world in which global and domestic order was paramount. In discovering how policymaking and popular opinion combined to establish and propagate the new postwar reality, Cold War Crucible offers a history that reorients our understanding of what the Cold War really was.
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Book publisher Harvard University Press
Publication date 3 Feb 2015
Format Hardback
Pages 400
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