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Casualty reporting and domestic support for war: the U.S. experience during the Korean War

Casey, Steven (2010) Casualty reporting and domestic support for war: the U.S. experience during the Korean War. Journal of Strategic Studies, 33 (2). pp. 291-316. ISSN 0140-2390

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Abstract

The common argument that public support for war is casualty sensitive ignores the fact that casualty figures are not revealed automatically. While the military decides when, and to whom, to release such information, political elites can question, even condemn, how the government goes about this business. After briefly exploring how the US military operated during the two world wars, this article focuses on American casualty reporting during the Korean War, arguing that the way the figures were revealed often sparked enormous political controversy, which at two crucial moments helped to undermine domestic support for this distant war.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/01402390.as...
Additional Information: © 2010 Taylor and Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Sets: Departments > International History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: UT ISI:000277541400005
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2010 11:46
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27799/

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