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The Korean War in Britain : Citizenship, Selfhood and Forgetting, Hardback Book

The Korean War in Britain : Citizenship, Selfhood and Forgetting Hardback

Part of the Cultural History of Modern War series


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. -- .


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 216 pages, 5 black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9781526118950



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