The Korean War in Britain: Citizenship, Selfhood and Forgetting (Cultural History of Modern War)

The Korean War in Britain: Citizenship, Selfhood and Forgetting (Cultural History of Modern War)

By: Grace Huxford (author)Hardback

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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. -- .

About Author

Grace Huxford is Lecturer in British History at the University of Bristol -- .


Introduction: The Korean War in Britain 1. No woman wants any more war: popular responses to the outbreak of war 2. You're in Korea my son: experiencing battle 3. Citizen soldiers: national servicemen in the Korean War 4. Brainwashing in Britain: Korean War prisoners of war 5. How to bring the boys home: popular opposition to the Korean War 6. Forgetting Korea: the Korean War in popular memory, 1953-2014 Conclusion Index -- .

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  • ISBN13: 9781526118950
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9781526118950
  • ISBN10: 1526118955

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