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Fearing the worst : how Korea transformed the Cold War

Fearing the worst : how Korea transformed the Cold War / Samuel F. Wells, Jr.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]
Physical Description
xiv, 586 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"The Worst Case considers how the Cold War and its shape as a strategic confrontation between two superpowers flowed from the Korean War. The book examines the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union, each superpower's relations with its allies, and the roles of technology, intelligence, and domestic politics in the decisions of the key nations. The United States reluctantly funded massive increases in nuclear weapons, strategic bombers, and nuclear submarines because the leaders of the Truman administration concluded that Stalin was prepared to start World War III to advance his interests in Asia and Europe. In the absence of any reliable intelligence on Soviet or Chinese decision-making, the key people in the administration accepted the worst case as a real possibility, and prepared for it. What they did not know is that Stalin was working consistently to avoid war with the United States, that Mao was not a puppet of Moscow but had his own ambitious agenda in Asia, and that Kim Il-sung had convinced Stalin that he could produce a low-cost victory in Korea that would give the Soviet Union warm-water ports and a reliable client state strategically positioned to influence Japan and the states of Southeast Asia. Through materials from archives and previously restricted published materials in Russia, China, and North Korea that have become accessible in recent years, The Worst Case provides insights into the reasons behind choices made by leaders in the communist countries to add to the well-researched records on the Western side"-- Provided by publisher.
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How Korea transformed the Cold War
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Online version: Wells, Samuel F. The worst case. New York : Columbia University Press, 2020
Added to Catalog
May 21, 2020
Woodrow Wilson Center series.
Woodrow Wilson Center series
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Stalin Endorses War in Asia
Kim Il-sung Plans an Attack
Truman Consolidates US Commitments
Joseph McCarthy Sells the Politics of Fear
Paul Nitze Sounds the Tocsin
North Korea Drives South
Truman Reverses Policy
Douglas MacArthur Gambles and Wins
Mao Zedong Intervenes Massively
Peng Dehuai and Matthew Ridgway Fight to a Stalemate
George C. Marshall and Robert Lovett Guide a US Buildup
Dean Acheson Leads the Defense of Europe
Andrei Tupolev Creates a Strategic Bomber Force
Curtis LeMay Builds the Strategic Air Command
Igor Kurchatov Develops Soviet Nuclear Weapons
Walter Bedell Smith Reforms and Expands the CIA
Korea Transforms the Cold War.

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