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The Struggle for Dominance Korea on the Brink, 1979–1980

By Wickham, John A., Jr.

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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: The Struggle for Dominance Korea on the Brink, 1979–1980  
Author: Wickham, John A., Jr.
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Asian literature, Writing.
Collections: e-Asia Digital Library Collection
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Publisher: University of Oregon Libraries; e-Asia Digital Library


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Wickham Jr, J. A. (n.d.). The Struggle for Dominance Korea on the Brink, 1979–1980. Retrieved from

Excerpt: IN OCTOBER 1979, the head of Korean Central Intelligence assassinated President Park Chunghee. At midnight on December 12, 1979--in what become known as the ?12/12 incident?--a coup led by General Chun Doo-hwan overthrew the civilian government under Choi Kyu-ha. Five months later bloody protests erupted in Kwangju. During this period of violence and unrest American and South Korean troops warily watched the demilitarized zone (DMZ), fearful that Pyongyang might exploit instability in Seoul as an invitation for aggression. General John Wickham, the U.S. and combined forces commander on the scene, now has recounted his role in those turbulent events in a new book, Korea on the Brink: From the ?12/12 Incident? to the Kwangju Uprising, 1979--1980. The following excerpt describes the reaction of a commander in chief when faced with a military coup by an ally.


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