The Entry of the People's Republic of China Into the Korean War
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Political Science & Geography
Graduate Program in International studies
Patrick J. Rollins
Philip S. Gillette
Craig M. Cameron
John Q. Zhao
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.I45 S54
China's entry into the Korean War in October 1950 took both its friends and foes by surprise and quickly escalated that conflict into the first major hot war since the start of the Cold War. This thesis analyzes the Chinese decision making process and the factors that led China into the Korean conflict. Official documents, statements, and speeches of American and Chinese Communist leaders between 1945 and 1950 indicate that historical mistrust and animosity, geopolitical considerations, and a breakdown of communications all contributed to the tragic showdown that caused millions of casualties. Extensively used for this study were declassified foreign policy documents, official statements and speeches, memoirs of senior government officials, as well as scholarly writings. Those sources include recent liberalized and relatively censor-free Chinese historical inquiries which give a much more factual account of China's role in the Korean War than earlier accounts.
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"The Entry of the People's Republic of China Into the Korean War"
(1995). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Political Science & Geography, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/9t38-nx36