Korean War Dbq Essay

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The Korean War

By Caleb Hann

Key Inquiry Question:
To what degree was the Korean War from 1950 to 1953 a proxy of the Cold War and how did it affect international Cold War tensions in South East Asia, especially South Korea?

The Korean War was a proxy of the Cold War demonstrating the intensification of the ideological conflict between the Western and Eastern Blocs between 1950 and 1953.Repeat these ideas in your conclusion and explain how the evidence you have found proves the accuracy of your statement/argument.

By the end of World War 2, Japan had control over a large portion of the Eastern Pacific region. This land was then returned to their respective powers after Japan’s unconditional surrender. The Korean Peninsula, …show more content…

Source 2 explains how this escalated into the Korean War, “The civil war between the two Koreas turned into a full-fledged international conflict in June of 1950 when Kil Il-Sung invaded the South and the US responded.” (Crash Course, 2013). This source corroborates with other respectable sources, however, due to their democratic governance and the US themed topics they cover this source may contain bias. Their reliability is reinforced through the use of their videos in school environments, proving their educational value. In addition to explicitly stating that the communist controlled North Korea sparked the Korean War it goes on to explain that. ‘Under the leadership of the U.S, the South Korean forces pushed the invaders past the originally established 38th parallel, to the Yalu River that bordered the People's Republic of China (P.R.C). After which, the P.R.C quickly counter attacked and, after 2 years of futile war at the 38th parallel, agreed to the original border.’ (Crash Course, 2013). These excerpts from this source represent the widely accepted reasoning behind the actions that transpired during the war and indicate further information about the events within it. Evidence from both Professor Lee and Crash Course reveal the causes of the Korean War and the reasons for its proxy of the Cold War status. However, this status is not what made it …show more content…

Although, it also frequently denotes the various shortcomings of the US recapture and invasion of South Korean and North Korea respectively. This bias does not entirely take away from this excerpt as it is true that the US - South Korean treaty is different from many others and that Korea has since risen to a global economic superpower. This perspective about the Korean legacy resulting from the war shows that not all effects of the Korean war were entirely negative but all positives were hard fought and paid for with the blood, pain and lives of

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