The unnecessary uprising:Jeju Island rebellion and South Korean counterinsurgency experience 1947-48

Park, Soul (2010) The unnecessary uprising:Jeju Island rebellion and South Korean counterinsurgency experience 1947-48. Small Wars and Insurgencies, 21 (2). pp. 359-381. ISSN 0959-2318

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Abstract

This paper systematically analyzes the causes of the escalation of violence during the initial stages of the Jeju Island Rebellion and the failure of South Korean counterinsurgency operations. It is argued that four interrelated factors provided the conditions for armed insurgency in the small island of Jeju: inter-agency tension between the Korean National Police (KNP) and the Korean Constabulary; the mainlanders' misinterpretation of the insurgency; the effect of systematic police brutality; and the role of youth groups. Consequently, two counterinsurgency lessons will be drawn from this study: that inter-agency cooperation and coordination at the tactical level between security branches and the incorporation of local population at the micro-level is essential in conducting efficient and effective counterinsurgency operations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: counter-insurgency (coin),inter-agency tension,jeju island rebellion,korean constabulary,korean national police (knp),youth groups,violence escalation,political science and international relations ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3320
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2021 00:24
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2021 00:06
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81385
DOI: 10.1080/09592318.2010.481432

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