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:

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This chapter examines the repatriation of British captives, the effect of captivity on their political views, debates about whether to hold collaborators to account, and government efforts to influence public opinion and future captives regarding what had happened along the Yalu and what ought to be expected of captured British servicemen in future. A summary exploration of the varying British reactions to communist efforts at subversion and coercion is undertaken, underlining how the situation was far more variable over time and space in North Korea with respect to collaboration and resistance than the flattering popular view of a united anti-communist front supposes, and providing explanations for why groups and individuals behaved as they did.

Keywords: repatriation; collaboration; resistance; british captives; public opinion; subversion; coercion

Chapter.  12445 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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