From One Divided Country to Another: The Korean War in Mongolia

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    Abstract

    The little-known role of Mongolia in the Korean War highlights long-forgotten dimensions of this conflict. Mongols on both sides of the Sino-Mongolian border participated in and made important contributions to the Korean War. Both provided assistance to North Korea. The Socialist united front in the post–World War II international order provided the common ground for this historical collaboration of Mongols, and the role of the inde-pendent Mongolian People’s Republic (MPR) in the war laid the basis for an ongoing close relationship between the MPR and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea). This story also reminds us of the important role that animals, particularly horses, played in a war that was the site of one of the world’s last significant military cavalry actions, and sheds light on the complex movements of animals and people across Northeast Asia precipitated by the Korean War. But confusions surrounding the role of the MPR and Inner Mongolia in the war deepened the MPR’s diplomatic isolation from the rest of the world. In this sense, divided Mongolia’s role in the war had consequences that affected East Asian international relations for decades.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Korean War in Asia: A Hidden History (Asia/Pacific/Perspectives)
    Editors Tessa Morris-Suzuki
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.
    Pages55-76
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5381-1191-8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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