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The Korean War Remembered: Contested Memories of an Unended Conflict (Studies in War, Society, and the Military) (Hardcover)

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Michael J. Devine provides a fresh, wide-ranging, and international perspective on the contested memory of the 1950–1953 conflict that left the Korean Peninsula divided along a heavily fortified demilitarized zone. His work examines “theaters of memory,” including literature, popular culture, public education efforts, monuments, and museums in the United States, China, and the two Koreas, to explain how contested memories have evolved over decades and how they continue to shape the domestic and foreign policies of the countries still involved in this unresolved struggle for dominance and legitimacy. The Korean War Remembered also engages with the revisionist school of historians who, influenced by America’s long nightmare in Vietnam, consider the Korean War an unwise U.S. interference in a civil war that should have been left to the Koreans to decide for themselves.

As a former Peace Corps volunteer to Korea, a two-time senior Fulbright lecturer at Korean universities, and former director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, Devine offers the unique perspective of a scholar with half a century of close ties to Korea and the Korean American community, as well as practical experience in the management of historical institutions.

About the Author

Michael J. Devine is an adjunct professor of history at the University of Wyoming. Previously he was the director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and a professor of history and director of the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. He is the author of John W. Foster: Politics and Diplomacy in the Imperial Era, 1873–1917.

Praise For…

"Devine's book is an important piece of the history of the Korean War, East Asia and American involvement on the world stage. . . . A worthwhile consideration for reading in the coming year."—Steven L. Shields, Korea Times

"Devine sheds new light on memorialization's unintended, often polarizing consequences."—J. Daley, Choice

"The Korean War Remembered: Contested Memories of an Unended Conflict is an impressively well written, organized and presented ground-breaking study that be of immense value to readers with an interest in America's involvement in the Korean War."—Midwest Book Review

“Highly engaging. Perhaps most impressive about The Korean War Remembered is the extent of the coverage, not just over time but also geographically, with insightful sections on the People’s Republic of China and the two Koreas. Michael Devine shows an equally impressive grasp of how, say, Hollywood portrayed the war in the 1950s versus how various states, as well as the National Mall, have memorialized the conflict in recent decades.”—Steven Casey, author of Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion, 1950–1953

“The strength of this study is the author’s effort to take a broad chronological overview that underscores change over time. While focused on the American memory of the Korean War, Michael Devine also places it in an international context.”—G. Kurt Piehler, author of A Religious History of the American GI in World War II

Product Details
ISBN: 9781496234698
ISBN-10: 1496234693
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2023
Pages: 346
Language: English
Series: Studies in War, Society, and the Military