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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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The Korean States

The Korean States

Powerless Players in the Forgotten War

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(p.65) 3 The Korean States
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Paths to Peace
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762694.003.0003

This chapter addresses the timeline of the Korean War and explains why the Soviet Union, China, and the United States were the most significant belligerents in decisions about prosecuting and ending it. Using mini-case studies, it shows North and South Korea's insignificance in their respective side's decisions about the war. It illustrates how their domestic coalition shifts were unimportant for explaining the war's ending. The Soviet Union was considered as a main belligerent in the war because it bankrolled the Communist war effort with materiel and advisory support. North and South Korea were powerless in their respective side's decisions and actions. Their powerlessness indicated that their domestic politics are less germane to war termination. In particular, the domestic coalition shifts in North and South Korea had no impact to end the war.

Keywords:   domestic coalition shifts, Korean War, Soviet Union, China, United States, North Korea, South Korea, domestic politics, war termination

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