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Paths to PeaceDomestic Coalition Shifts, War Termination and the Korean War$
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Elizabeth A. Stanley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762694

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762694.001.0001

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Old Baldy

Old Baldy

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This chapter describes a new theory about shifts in domestic governing coalitions. It also analyzes this theory with detailed historical case studies of the Korean War and quantitative analysis of all interstate wars since 1862. Old Baldy is a mountain in central Korea that is currently sited within the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. It earned its name during the Korean War, when intensive shelling obliterated all the trees and foliage on the hillside. It also changed hands eleven times during the Korean War, with units on both sides suffering massive casualties. Old Baldy can be regarded as the site of a series of battles that were senseless, irrational, and quite possibly inexplicable. The domestic coalition shift theory greatly enhanced the understanding of war duration and war termination in Korea. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords:   Old Baldy, Korean War, domestic governing coalitions, interstate wars, war duration, war termination

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