The United Nations and the Peaceful Unification of Korea

The Politics of Field Operations, 1947–1950

  • Leon Gordenker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 268-312

About this book


Where there has been fighting or the threat of fighting since the end of the Second World War, the United Nations has ahnost al­ ways been involved. Frequently that involvement has taken the concrete form of a field commission or a team of observers, made up of nationals of several countries and reporting to the General Assembly or the Security Council. Even while I write this, military observers wearing special United Nations insignia are patrolling the border areas of Syria and Lebanon. Meanwhile, observation groups with a longer history are on duty in Kashmir and along the Israeli borders. A field commission of the United Nations still remains in Korea, and others had been at work in Greece, Eritrea, Somalia and on the Hungarian border. All of them lived, worked and reported in an atmosphere of controversy. Perhaps none could have claimed that their work ended in full success. Their existence, however, suggests that the United Nations has developed a special political instrument for use in troubled areas where solutions are elusive but where danger of a spreading con­ flict is never distant. This study deals with the work of field com­ missions of the United Nations in Korea before the violence of 1950. Their work, whatever its merit, came crashing down with the North Korean attack.


Policy Protest United Nations violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Leon Gordenker
    • 1
  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1959
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-015-0426-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-1057-8
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