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Canada and the Korean War

Histories and Legacies of a Cold War Conflict

May 1, 2024 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9780774868631
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Description

Korea was the first hot war of the Cold War. It was also Canada's most significant military engagement of the twentieth century following the two world wars. Canada and the Korean War gathers leading scholars to explore the key themes and battles of a seminal yet understudied conflict.

Canada had little stake and less interest in Korea before 1950, but the risk the conflict posed to the fragile postwar order was deemed too great for the country to stand on the sidelines. Alongside their allies, more than 30,000 Canadian service personnel fought a determined and skilled enemy. The armistice that ended the war left Korea devastated and divided, and it remains a dangerous hotspot today.

This timely collection synthesizes Canadian and international perspectives on a conflict that shaped not only the Canadian armed forces but also the evolving Canada-Korea relationship. In the process, Canada and the Korean War sheds light on how the war has been framed and reframed in public memory.

About this Author

Andrew Burtch is the Canadian War Museum's historian for the post-1945 period and an adjunct research professor in the Department of History at Carleton University. He is the author of Give Me Shelter: The Failure of Canada's Cold War Civil Defence, which received the C.P. Stacey Award for Military History.

Tim Cook, CM, FRSC, is the chief historian and director of research at the Canadian War Museum. He is a frequent media commentator and the author of over a dozen best-selling books. He is a four-time winner of the Ottawa Book Award for Literary Non-Fiction, two-time winner of the J.W. Dafoe Award, two-time winner of the C.P. Stacey Award for Military History, and recipient of the Charles Taylor Award for Literary Non-Fiction. For his contributions to Canadian history, he has been recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, and the Governor General's History Award. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Order of Canada.

Contributors: Ted Barris, Meghan Fitzpatrick, Norman Hillmer, William Johnston, Youngjun Kim, Xiaobing Li, Brian McAllister Linn, Hector Mackenzie, S.P. MacKenzie, Richard Mayne, Tina J. Park, Ryan Touhey, Jonathan Vance, Michael Whitby

ISBN: 9780774868631
Format: Hardcover
Series: Studies in Canadian Military History
Pages: 360
Publisher: UBC Press
Published: 2024-05-01

Reviews

"Most Canadians may have forgotten the Korean War, but many scholars have not. These very good essays look at Canada's involvement in the conflict and also at the role of China, the two Koreas, the United States, and the Commonwealth. The coverage includes prisoners of war, veterans, medicine, and commemorations, and this is a very useful book for everyone interested in a conflict that, almost seventy-five years after it began, remains unresolved."

"These essays, masterfully edited by Andrew Burtch and Tim Cook, should forever make sure that the Korean War is Canada's forgotten war no longer. Although it may not have been a decisive war, the contributors show here how important it was (and is) to understanding our world."

"Korean War literature from a Canadian perspective has been sparse, until now. Every reader of Canada and the Korean War will learn about an aspect of the Korean War that they knew - and perhaps have thought - little about."

"Andrew Burtch and Tim Cook have provided readers with one-stop shopping for anyone interested in Canada's role in the Korean War. They are to be congratulated."

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