Britain's Korean War

Cold War diplomacy, strategy and security 1950-53

By Thomas Hennessey

Britain's Korean War


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9738-6
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £22.99
  • Published Date: May 2015
  • BIC Category: Politics, Diplomacy, International relations, HISTORY / Military / Korean War, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy, Korean War, Society & social sciences / International relations


Available in paperback for the first time, this book assesses the strains within the 'Special Relationship' between London and Washington and offers a new perspective on the limits and successes of British influence during the Korean War. The interaction between the main personalities on the British side - Attlee, Bevan, Morrison, Churchill and Eden - and their American counterparts - Truman, Acheson, Eisenhower and Dulles - are chronicled. By the end of the war the British were concerned that it was the Americans, rather than the Soviets, who were the greater threat to world peace. British fears concerning the Korean War were not limited to the diplomatic and military fronts these extended to the 'Manchurian Candidate' threat posed by returning prisoners of war who had been exposed to communist indoctrination. The book is essential reading for those interested in British and US foreign policy and military strategy during the Cold War.


1. Invasion
2. To cross or not to cross: the 38th parallel
3. Enter the Dragon: China's first intervention
4. Attlee in Washington
5. Divisions: January 1951
6. MacArthur goes
7. The long war
8. Breakthrough
Epilogue: Bermuda


Thomas Hennessey is Professor of Modern British and Irish History at Canterbury Christ Church University

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