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New Directions in East Asian History
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China’s War in Korea

Strategic Culture and Geopolitics

Authors: Li, Xiaobing

  • Examines the Korean War of 1950-53 through China's perspective
  • Considers Chinese strategic culture and its evolution
  • Explores the patterns of China's national defense to provide a key insight into security issues in China and Northeast Asia today.
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This book re-visits the history of the Korean War of 1950-1953 from a Chinese perspective, examining Chinese strategy and exploring why China sent three million troops to Korea, in Mao’s words, to “defend the homeland and safeguard the country”—giving rise to what became the war’s common name in China. It also looks into the relatively neglected historical factors which have redefined China’s security concerns and strategic culture. Using newly available sources from China and the former Soviet Union, the book considers how interactive the parameters of defense changes were in a foreign war against Western powers, how flexible Chinese strategy was in the context of its intervention, and how expansive its strategic cultural repertoire was at the crucial moment to “defend the country.” Providing a re-examination of China’s military decisions and strategy evolution, this text narrates the story of successive generations of Chinese leaders and provides a key insight into security issues in China and Northeast Asia today.

About the authors

Xiaobing Li is Professor of History at University of Central Oklahoma, USA. He authored and co-authored The Cold War in East Asia, China’s Battle for Korea, China at War, Voices from the Vietnam War, A History of the Modern Chinese Army, Voices from the Korean War, and Mao’s Generals Remember Korea.


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
China’s War in Korea
Book Subtitle
Strategic Culture and Geopolitics
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in East Asian History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-329-675-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-32-9675-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-329-674-9
Series ISSN
2522-0195
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 245
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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