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The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean WarThe Untold History$
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Monica Kim

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691166223

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691166223.001.0001

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War and Humanity

(p.1) Introduction
The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War
Monica Kim
Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book tells a story of the changing script of warfare in the mid-twentieth century through the Korean War. At stake in this conflict was not simply the usual question of territorial sovereignty and the nation-state. The heart of the struggles revolved around the question of political recognition, the key relational dynamic that formed the foundation for the post-1945 nation-state system. This book argues that in order to understand how the act of recognition became the essential terrain of war, one must step away from the traditional landscape of warfare—the battlefield—and into the interrogation room.

Keywords:   Korean War, warfare, interrogation room, political recognition, nation-state

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