Introduction
in Britain’s Korean War
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book presents a study of Britain's diplomatic, military and security policy during the Korean War as seen from the perspective of the British Government. It argues that the British did have, albeit a limited, influence over American decision-making during the Korean War. The book describes Peter Lowe's assertion that Dwight D. Eisenhower, President from 1953, showed a 'balanced, sensible approach and normally concluded his assessments by rejecting dangerous courses of action.' Lowe argues that the United States was closer to using the bomb in November-December 1950, under Harry S. Truman, than in 1953 whereas the work of R. J. Foot illustrates how real was Eisenhower's claim that he was prepared to use atomic weapons.

Britain’s Korean War

Cold War diplomacy, strategy and security 1950–53

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