Reading suggestions for understanding the geopolitics surrounding Korea: 1. In order to even begin comprehending modern-day Korean politics, you have to at least have a basic understanding of the Korean War.

5:34 PM · Dec 6, 2020

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2. While the Korean War is commonly known as the “forgotten war” in the United States, it was a war that defined a new era of international politics with repercussions still felt to this day.
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3. The Korean War was not some unforseen event that took everyone by surprise on June 25, 1950, but rather an extension of the Korean people's struggle for national liberation that began when Korea was still a Japanese colony.
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4. Though the imperialist forces at play have changed, the warring Korean factions remained the same: the Korean people were pitted against Korean compradors who benefitted from collaborating with the imperialists, be they Japanese or American.
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5. Hugh Deane marks 1945 as the beginning of the Korean War, since 1945 is the year when Korea was arbitrarily divided by US imperialists, with its southern half occupied by US forces.
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6. The USMG in south Korea did all it could to crush the People's Committees that existed and prevent anyone even resembling a leftist from gaining state power. If you only have time to read three books, I suggest these three.
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7. If you only have time for two, I suggest the two by Deane and Cumings. If you only have time for one, I would suggest either Deane or Cumings while leaning slightly more towards Deane.
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Wow thanks, I’ve been looking for good books about the Korean War.
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Replying to @notXiangyu
The Bruce Cummings book is great, but i don't recommend it as anyone's first book on the conflict. It assumes the reader already has some knowledge of the course of the war and its major military/political players (Kim Il-Sung, Singman Rhee, Truman, etc.)
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