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Conflict in Korea : an encyclopedia
Hoare, James.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [1999]

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xxvii, 260 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
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This invaluable encyclopedia covers all aspects of the conflict in Korea, principally from 1945 to the present.

* A-Z entries, many of them illustrated, cover everything from people, places, and political parties, to the origins of the conflict, and the involvement of other nations

* A chronology, maps, bibliography, and subject index are also included

Author Notes

James E. Hoare works for the British Diplomatic Service.

Susan Pares is a professional writer and the editor of Asian Affairs .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Though belonging to the same series (Roots of Modern Conflict), these two volumes are quite different in presentation. More than two years in the making, Conflict in Korea is broader in scope than the title suggests. Entries attempt to take a longer view of the conflict, tracing it back to developments outside Korea and earlier in the twentieth century. The arrangement is alphabetical, with cross-reference where appropriate, and a bibliography of further readings attached to nearly every entry; a general bibliography expands these abbreviated citations. A chronology begins in 1910 and runs to December 18, 1998. The volume also has an index and a table of contents of main subject headings that provides an overview of the scope of the work. Among these, one can find some interesting entries in addition to those on people, places, and events, including Family reunions, Press correspondents of the Korean War, Television and the Korean War, Unofficial contacts between North and South Koreans, and War stories and war films of the Korean War. With many unique entries, this title supplements Greenwood's Historical Dictionary of the Korean War [RBB N 15 91], Facts On File's Korean War Almanac [RBB Ap 1 90], and Garland's Korean War: An Encyclopedia [RBB Mr 1 96]. That Conflict in Northern Ireland is actually a fifth edition of a book first published in 1980 under the title Northern Ireland: A Political Directory is a dispiriting reminder of how intractable this conflict has been, despite some recent progress. As in the Korean War volume, arrangement is alphabetical. There is an index, but no bibliography. The chronology is very detailed, with events listed almost day-by-day from 1921 to 1999. The A^-Z entries cover the period through December 31, 1998. Specific people, parties, organizations, events, and places are included but not broader themes. Following the entries is an addendum that updates events to July 1999. Also appended are lengthy descriptions of the systems of government and security and tables of election results from 1968 to 1999. Readers are likely to find this volume less accessible than Conflict in Korea. Font size is considerably smaller, and entries are not as readable. Frequent use of abbreviations that may be unfamiliar to an American audience means constantly referring to the four-page abbreviations table. There are no cross-references to aid navigation from one entry to another. Nevertheless, this is a useful work for understanding the situation in Northern Ireland. Both it and Conflict in Korea are recommended for libraries wanting encyclopedia treatment of two unresolved conflicts. The Northern Ireland volume would be a good addition to academic and larger public library collections, while the Korea volume could be used at the high-school level as well.

Choice Review

The recent surge of interest in the Koreas has been reflected in the appearance of a number of reference sources treating the Korean War and Korean history and politics. The British authors of this encyclopedia (part of the "Roots of Modern Conflict" series) focus on a historical view of the divisions in the peninsula that have led to present-day tensions rather than on the 1950-53 conflict. The alphabetically arranged entries cover Korean history from early times to the present but emphasize 20th-century developments. Each contains cross-references in boldface and ends by listing works consulted in short author/title form. Entries vary in length from a brief paragraph to two pages, reflecting the authors' view of their importance. Greater space is devoted to recent politics in North and South Korea and major events of the Korean War. Biographical entries cover important individuals in Korean history. A historical introduction reviews developments in Korea since the country's origins, while a chronology provides important dates. The bibliography is extensive but limited to English-language sources, making this work useful for undergraduates and the public but not for specialists. Recommended for undergraduate, two-year, and public libraries. W. F. Bell; University of North Texas