Chapter

The Civilians from Seoul

S. P. MacKenzie

in British Prisoners of the Korean War

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656028
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191744624 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656028.003.0002
The Civilians from Seoul

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This chapter looks at the experiences of the small number of British civilians captured in the initial North Korean advance in the summer of 1950 while in transit northward and in various North Korean camps along the Yalu. Particular attention is paid to the circumstances of capture, how the group coped with sometimes severe privation, the impact of seeing how various groups of US military prisoners behaved, their ability to argue with and resist political instructors aiming to expose them to the joys of life in the people's democracies, and the subtle effects on some of them of long-term exposure to only communist literature.

Keywords: civilians; resistance; North Korea; Yalu; privation; communist literature

Chapter.  8295 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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