Dr Adam Cathcart
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue
- Required Text (Recommended Purchase)
- General readings
- Seminar 2: Korea and the Japanese Ascendancy, 1910-1945
- Seminar 3: Resistance and Counterinsurgency in Manchuria, 1931-1945
- Seminar 4: The Soviet Occupation of North Korea
- Seminar 5: North Korean State Formation, 1945-1949
- Seminar 6: The US Occupation of Korea, 1945-1948
- Seminar 7 : Who Started the Korean War? (I)
- Seminar 8 : Who Started the Korean War? (II)
- Seminar 9: Korean War Crimes (I)
- Seminar 10: Korean War Crimes (II)
- Seminar 11 : Memorializing Atrocities in the Korean War
- Seminar 12: Truman, MacArthur, and the Bomb
- Seminar 13: Civil War in Manchuria and Sino-North Korean Relations
- Seminar 14: China Crosses the Yalu
- Seminar 15: Propaganda
- Seminar 16: The UK and the Korean War
- Seminar 17: North Korea and Nuclear Threats
- Seminar 18: Western Reports on War Crimes in North Korea
- Seminar 19: US Military Archives and Images of the Enemy
Required Text (Recommended Purchase)
Cumings, B. (2010). The Korean War : a history New York: Modern Library, 2010.
Acheson, D (1969). Present at the creation : my years in the State Department , New York City, W.W. Norton
Armstrong, C (2004). The North Korean revolution, 1945-1950 , Cornell University Press
Baik, B (1973), Kim Il Sung : biography 1 – From Birth to Triumphant Return to the Homeland , Pyongyang, Foreign Languages Publishing House
Casey, S (2008). Selling the Korean War : propaganda, politics, and public opinion in the United States, 1950-1953 , New York City, Oxford University Press
Cumings, B (1981), The origins of the Korean war . Volume 1. Liberation and the Emergence of Separate Regimes, 1945-1947 . Princeton University Press
Cumings, B (1990). The origins of the Korean war , Volume II: The Roaring of the Cataract, 1947-1950. Princeton University Press
Gončarov, S(1993). Uncertain partners : Stalin, Mao, and the Korean War , Stanford University Press
Hastings, M (1987). The Korean War , London, Michael Joseph
Hodgson, G (1976), America in our time : from World War II to Nixon ; what happened and why , New York City, Doubleday and Co
Kim Il Sung, With the century (multiple volumes), Pyongyang, Foreign Languages Publishing House
Lankov, Andreĭ Nikolaevich (2002), From Stalin to Kim Il Sung : the formation of North Korea, 1945-1960 . Rutgers University Press, 2002.
Lowe, P (1997), “ The origins of the Korean war ”, New York City, Longman
Macdonald, C (1986). Korea : the war before Vietnam , New York City, Macmillan
Martin, B (2004). Under the loving care of the fatherly leader : North Korea and the Kim Dynasty , New York City, Thomas Dunne Books
Suh, D (1967). The Korean Communist movement, 1918-1948. , Princeton, Princeton University Press
Suh, D (1988), Kim Il Sung : the North Korean leader , New York City, Columbia University Press
Westad, O (2012),“The Wars after the War, 1945-54,” in The Cambridge history of war. Volume 4, War and the modern world , edited by Hans van de Ven, Roger Chickering and Hans Showalter (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Westad, O (2012), “Exploring the histories of the Cold War: A pluralist approach,” in Uncertain empire : American history and the idea of the Cold War , edited by Duncan Bell and Joel Isaac (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
II. Seminar readings
Seminar 2: Korea and the Japanese Ascendancy, 1910-1945
[1.1.] Brudnoy, D (1970). “Japan’s Experiment in Korea”, Monumenta nipponica. , 25 (1/2) : 155 -195.
[1.2.] Reed C. (2006). “Family Skeletons: Japanese Foreign Minister and Forced Labour”, Japan focus .
Reference Reading :
Shin G.W. and Robinson, M. (1999). Colonial Modernity in Korea. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press).
Moore, A. (2013). “’The Yalu River Era of Developing Asia’: Japanese Expertise, Colonial Power, and the Construction of Sup’ung Dam,” The journal of Asian studies. Vol. 72, No. 1 (February), pp. 115-139.
Seminar 3: Resistance and Counterinsurgency in Manchuria, 1931-1945
Core Reading :
[3.1.] Armstrong C (1995). “Centering the Periphery : Manchurian Exile (s) and the North Korean State”, Korean studies. 19 : 1-16
[3.2] Lee, C.S. “Witch Hunt among the Guerrillas: The Min-Sheng-T’uan Incident,” The China quarterly. , No. 26 (April-June 1966), pp. 107-117.
[3.3.] Lee, C (1967). “Counter Insurgency in Manchuria : The Japanese Experience 1931-1940”, Rand Corporation ( http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_memoranda/RM5012.html )
Lee, C (1967). “Counter Insurgency in Manchuria : The Japanese Experience 1931-1940”, Rand Corporation ( http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_memoranda/RM5012.html )
Suh, D (1967). The Korean Communist movement, 1918-1948 , Princeton, Princeton University Press
Cumings, B (1981), The origins of the Korean war Volume 1. Liberation and the Emergence of Separate Regimes, 1945-1947 , Princeton University Press
Park, H (2000). “Korean Manchuria : The Racial Politics of Territorial Osmosis” The South Atlantic quarterly. 99 (1) : 193 – 215
Seminar 4: The Soviet Occupation of North Korea
Core Reading :
[4.1.] Cathcart, A., and Kraus, C.(2008). "Peripheral Influence: The Sinŭiju Student Incident of 1945 and the Impact of Soviet Occupation in North Korea." Journal of Korean studies. 13, no. 1 (1-27)
[4.2.] Lee, C and Oh, K (1968). “The Russian Faction in North Korea”, Asian survey. , 8 (4) : 270-288
[4.3.] Lankov, Andreĭ Nikolaevich (2002), From Stalin to Kim Il Sung : the formation of North Korea, 1945-1960 . Rutgers University Press, 2002.
Seminar 5: North Korean State Formation, 1945-1949
[5.1.] Cathcart, A. and Kraus, C. (2008). “Internationalist Culture in North Korea, 1945-1950,” The review of Korean studies. Vol. 11, No. 3 (September 2008) 123-148.
[5.2.] Kim, Suzy (2013). Everyday life in the North Korean revolution, 1945-1950 . Cornell University Press.
[5.3.] Strong, A. (1949). “In North Korea : First Eye-Witness Report,” http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/strong-anna-louise/1949/in-north-korea/
Reference Reading :
Armstrong, C (2004). The North Korean revolution, 1945-1950 , Cornell University Press.
Cathcart, A. (2008). “Song of Youth: North Korean Music from Liberation to War,” North Korean review. , Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall), 93-104.
Lee, C-S. “Politics in North Korea: Pre-Korean War Stage,” The China quarterly. No. 14 (April-June 1963), pp. 3-16.
Seminar 6: The US Occupation of Korea, 1945-1948
[6.1.] Armstrong, C (1995). "The Cultural Cold War in Korea, 1945-1950." The journal of Asian studies. 62 (1): 71-100.
[6.2.] Matray, J (1995). "Hodge Podge: American Occupation Policy in Korea, 1945-1948." Korean studies. 19,(1): 17-38.
[6.3.] Millett, A. (2000). “The Forgotten Army in the Misunderstood War: The Hanguk Gun in the Korean War, 1946-53,” The Korean War 1950-53 : a fifty year retrospective : the Chief of Army's History Conference, 2000 The Chief of Army’s Military History Conference, pp. 1-26.
Millett, A. The war for Korea, 1945-1950 : a house burning , Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2006.
Eiji, T (2002). Inside GHQ : the allied occupation of Japan and its legacy Robert Ricketts and Sebastian Swann, trans. New York: Continuum (2002).
Seminar 7 : Who Started the Korean War? (I)
[7.1.] Gupta, K. (1972), “How did the Korean War Begin? ” The China quarterly. , no. 52 (Oct.-Dec.), pp. 699-716.
[7.2.] Three Short Responses to Gupta (see VLE).
[7.3.] The US imperialists started the Korean War (Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Press, 1993).Reference Reading:
Lowe, P (1997), The origins of the Korean war New York City, Longman.
Seminar 8 : Who Started the Korean War? (II)
[8.1.] Cumings, B (1990). The origins of the Korean war , Volume II: The Roaring of the Cataract, 1947-1950 , Princeton University Press, Chapter 18 [Paper copies will be provided.]
Seminar 9: Korean War Crimes (I)
[9.1.] Kim, Dong Choon (2004). “Forgotten War, Forgotten Massacres – the Korean War (1950-1953) as Licensed Mass Killings.” Journal of genocide research. Vol. 6, No. 4 (December), pp. 523-544.
[9.2.] Suh Hee-Kyung, 'Atrocities Before and During the Korean War,' Critical Asian studies. , vol. 42, no. 4 (2010), 553-588.
Seminar 10: Korean War Crimes (II)
[10.1] Ra Jong-il, 'Governing North Korea: Some Afterthoughts on the Autumn of 1950,' Journal of contemporary history. , vol 40, no. 5 (July 2005), 521-546,
[10.2.] Adam Cathcart, 'The Sinchon Massacre,' draft manuscript (pdf.)
[10.3.] Womens International Democratic Federation, We Accuse! (1951, pdf.)
Seminar 11 : Memorializing Atrocities in the Korean War
[11.1.] Han, Sunghoon (March 2015). "The Ongoing Korean War at the Sinch’ŏn Museum in North Korea" (PDF). Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review (14): 152–177. - Available online: https://cross-currents.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/e-journal/articles/han_0.pdf
[11.2.] Kim, Dong Choon (2009). ‘On ROK Reconciliation Commission,’ Japan focus
Seminar 12: Truman, MacArthur, and the Bomb
[12.1.] Roger Dingman, "Atomic Diplomacy and the Korean War," International security. , Vol. 13, No. 3 (Winter, 1988-1989), pp. 50-91.
Calingaert, D (1988). "Nuclear weapons and the Korean War." The journal of strategic studies. 11, (2) : 177-202.
Foot, R (1988). "Nuclear Coercion and the Ending of the Korean Conflict." International security. 13, (3): 92-112
Friedman, E (1975). "Nuclear blackmail and the end of the Korean War." Modern China. 1, (1) : 75-91.
Pape, Robert A., Bombing to win : air power and coercion in war (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1996).
Seminar 13: Civil War in Manchuria and Sino-North Korean Relations
[13.1.] Harold Tanner, "Guerrilla, Mobile, and Base Warfare in Communist Military Operations in Manchuria, 1945-1947," The journal of military history. , Volume 67, Number 4 (October 2003) pp. 1177-1222.
[13.2.] Charles Kraus, "Bridging East Asia’s Revolutions: The Overseas Chinese in North Korea, 1945-1950," The Journal of Northeast Asian History 11, no. 2 (Winter 2014): 39-70.
[13.3.] Adam Cathcart,“Nationalism and Ethnic Identity in the Sino-Korean Border Region of Yanbian, 1945-1950,” Korean studies. , Vol. 34 (December) 25-53. http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/76459/8/cathcarta2.pdf
Seminar 14: China Crosses the Yalu
[14.1.] Chen Jian, 'The Sino-Soviet Alliance and China's Entry into the Korean War,' Cold War International History Project Working Paper No. 1, 1992. http://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/ACFAE7.pdf
[14. 2.] Adam Cathcart and Charles Kraus, “The Bonds of Brotherhood: New Evidence of Sino-North Korean Exchanges, 1950-1954,” Journal of Cold War studies. , Vol. 13, No. 3, 27-51.Reference Reading:
Chen Jian, 'Reviewing China's "New Cold War Documentation",' Conference on the Power of Free Inquiry and Cold War International History, National Archives at College Park, Maryland, 25-26 September 1998. http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/cold-war/conference/chen-jian.html
Alan Whiting, China Crosses the Yalu (Stanford University Press, 1968/1960).
Chen Jian, China's road to the Korean War : the making of the Sino-American confrontation (New York : Columbia University Press, c1994)
Shuguang Zhang, Deterrence and strategic culture : Chinese-American confrontations, 1949-1958 (Ithaca [N.Y.] : Cornell University Press, 1992).
Shen Zhihua, 'China and the Dispatch of the Soviet Air Force: The Formation of the Chinese-Soviet-Korean Alliance in the Early Stage of the Korean War,' The journal of strategic studies. vol. 33 no. 2 (2010), 211-230.
Seminar 15: Propaganda
[15.1.] Heonik Kwon, Review of The Korean War: A History, by Bruce Cumings & Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion, 1950–1953, by Steven Casey, Critical Asian studies. , 44:1 (2012), 153-157.
[15.2.] Gary D. Rawnsley, "‘The Great Movement to Resist America and Assist Korea’: how Beijing sold the Korean War," Media, war and conflict Vol. 2(3): 285–315.
[15.3.] Steven Casey, 'Casualty Reporting and Domestic Support for War: The US Experience during the Korean War,' The journal of strategic studies. , 33:2 (2010), 291-316.
Reference Readings :
Masuda Hajimu, 'The Korean War through the Prism of Chinese Society: Public Reactions and the Shaping of "Reality" in the Communist State, October-December 1950,' Journal of Cold War studies. , Volume 14, Number 3, Summer 2012.
James Z. Gao, "War Culture, Nationalism, and Political Campaigns, 1950- 1953," in Chinese nationalism in perspective : historical and recent cases , ed. C. X. George Wei and Xiaoyuan Liu (New York: Praeger, 2001).
Adria Cassese, 'Propaganda, Psychological Warfare, & the Korean War,' undergraduate research project, University of Georgia. - Available online:
Seminar 16: The UK and the Korean War
[16.1.] Peter Lowe, 'An Ally and a Recalcitrant General: Great Britain, Douglas MacArthur and the Korean War, 1950-1' English historical review. , Vol. 105, No. 416 (Jul., 1990), pp. 624-653
[16.2] Alexander Shaw, '“We Have Just About Had It”: Jack Slessor, the Foreign Office, and the Anglo-American Strategic Debate Over the Escalation of the Korean War, 1950-51,' Yonsei Journal of International Studies vol. 6, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2014) 292-315.
Anthony Farrar-Hockley, The British part in the Korean War. Vol.1, A distant obligation (London : HMSO, 1990).
James T.H. Tang, Britain's encounter with revolutionary China, 1949-54 (Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1992).
Feng Zhong-ping, The British government's China policy, 1945-1950 (Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2013).
Edwin W. Martin, Divided counsel : the Anglo-American response to Communist victory in China (Lexington, Ky : University Press of Kentucky, c1986).
Zhai, Qiang. The dragon, the lion, & the eagle : Chinese/British/American relations, 1949-1958 (Kent, Ohio ; London : Kent State University Press, 1994).
James T. H. Tang, “From Empire Defence to Imperial Retreat: Britain's Postwar China Policy and the Decolonization of Hong Kong,” Modern Asian studies. , Vol. 28, No. 2 (May, 1994), pp. 317-337.
Seminar 17: North Korea and Nuclear Threats
[17.1] Bruce Cumings, "Korea's Forgotten Nuclear Threat," Le Monde Diplomatique, 8 December 2004.
[17.2.] Ashley Cowburn, 'Jeremy Corbyn cites the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as reasons to scrap Trident,' The Independent, 27 February 2016.
[17.3.] Adam Cathcart, 'The Bombs Kept Falling in the Wake of Hiroshima,' Yorkshire Post, 8 August 2015.
[17.4.] Sam Jones, 'North Korea threat means we need Trident nuclear deterrent, says PM,' The Guardian, 4 April 2013.
Seminar 18: Western Reports on War Crimes in North Korea
[18.1] Suzy Kim, "The Korean War and the International Women's Peace Movement," Conference Paper presented at University of Central Lancashire, 15-17 October 2014.
[18.2.] Women's International Democratic Federation, "We Accuse!" 1951.
Seminar 19: US Military Archives and Images of the Enemy
[19.1.] Monica Kim, 'The Intelligence of Fools: Reading the US Military Archive of the Korean War,' Positions : East Asia cultures critique., Volume 23, Number 4, Fall 2015, pp. 696-728.
This list was last updated on 29/02/2016