The Korean War is one of the most countries were created a nuclear weapon. After a Communist government came to power in China in 1949, Korean became a "hot spot." The peninsula had been divided at the 38th parallel after the WWII, with a Communist regime in the North and a Western-style regime in the South. After North Korean troops crossed the dividing line in June 1950, Truman decided to go to war under the auspices of the United Nation and without asking Congress to declare war. A truce concluded in July 1953, established a demilitarized zone on either side of the 38th parallel. Therefore, the Korean War it makes me feel really sad, worry, tearful, lonely, unhappy, and dismayed by many people died in the war. During the Korean War, most
China had recently become communist and entered the conflict on North Korea’s side. The war dragged on for three more years before ending on July 27th, 1953, close to the original borders at the 38th parallel. It is also stated in document C that, “The war caused more than two million deaths, including over 50,000 Americans.” The Korean War demonstrated the United States’ policy of containment because they had invaded Korea to the try to stop communism from being able to spread. They also were able to arm the people who wanted democracy to fight alongside
The Korean War was a proxy war fought between the United States and the USSR, for the purpose of gaining power and political influence in other parts of the world. Since the end of WWII, the USSR and the United States became very hostile against one another, creating what came to be called “The Cold War“ coined by Bernard Baruch in 1947 from the lack of there ever being direct battles against one another. From the result of the bitter and cold rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union came a large chain of indirect battling over political influence in developing or war-torn countries. As this feud occurred the people of the United States mainly wanted there to be a change in Korea out of this war [Doc E], but what was occurring
Following WWII, the Allied powers split up the Korean peninsula similarly to how Germany had been divided, with the Soviets controlling the North and the US controlling the South. This led to a communist North Korea and non-communist South Korea, and when these two wanted to unify, both wanted to do so on their premises. The North, then attacked the South to take over as a way to unify, leading to a war between the two. The US, as well as other countries, entered the conflict between the nations in order to combat or advocate for the spread of communism. The United States, one of the countries opposing communism under was led at this time by President Harry Truman.
The invasion of South Korea marked the first actual military combat of the Cold War, despite the fact that the Cold War started nearly three years sooner.1 Following the invasion, Harry S. Truman and the United Nations rushed into involvement, differing greatly from the peaceful setup of the previously relevant League of Nations. (Document C) In the early stages of the war, more citizens opposed it than supported it, leading to protests and frustration among citizens; however, by the end of the Korean War, significantly more Americans were content with the Korean War than were opposed. (Document D) With help from the United Nations, American and South Korean troops forced North Korean troops backward; and after a short failed attempt to conquer Korea in its entirety, South Korea once again settled for a division at the 38th parallel.
Korea’s history already determined it was a weak country, having been a pawn for Far Eastern powers, so Cold War had left it nearly destroyed with epidemics, poverty, limited education, and authoritarian rulers (LaFeber, 2008). In this state, Korea was left vulnerable to communism. In 1945, the 38th parallel marked the ally agreement of disarming the occupying Japanese military, however by the end of the Korean War, it would be the indivisible line that divided the country between communism and democracy (LaFeber, 2008). In June 1950, when North Korean troops passed the 38th parallel, President Truman gave the order for American air and naval units to move into action to aid South Korea and to show the United States’ opponents that “the United States was no longer content with mere “containment” but now aimed for liberation (LaFeber, 2008, p. 114). LaFeber (2008) explains President Truman’s intent, “
Truman supported the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which occurred in 1949.This was a military alliance of the democratic nations, including the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and eight other countries. The Korean War began as a civil war between North and South Korea. The conflict became international when the U.S.joined to support South Korea. On June 25th, 1950 Truman ordered American troops to enter Korea.
The war went to North Korea’s odds of winning being higher to South Korea’s of winning being higher (655). In the end, the war landed in a stalemate at the 38th Parallel Line and neither side would budge (655). Eisenhower ended the Korean War by using the threat of atomic weapon use to get a peace treaty signed in 1953 and Korea stayed divided (656). Eisenhower ended the war that would not admit that it was already
Following WWII, in 1945, the division of Korea was initiated. The Soviet Union established a pro-communist government on the Northside of Korea and Americans created a pro-democratic government on the Southside of Korea. After the division, known as the 38th parallel, occurred, North Korea began to attack again. This attack consisted of both the South and North pushing each other farther from the 38th parallel until the Chinese troops drove them back to the 38th parallel. The United States and The Soviet Union knew the war was not going anywhere but still persisted to continue.
South Korea was modernized post-war with the help of the US. The North Korean economy was able to recover of being supported and dependent on Russia post-war, but when the Soviet Union collapsed, the country went into crisis. A ceasefire was signed, without the South Korean president, and consequently, both countries are still at war.
“America’s hydrogen bomb, so quickly matched by the Soviets, also marked an acceleration of the arms race. Throughout the 1950s, the superpowers continued to seek nuclear advantage through the deployment of powerful delivery systems” (Falk 2). The 1950s saw some of the most influential events that still affect millions of people today. One major event of the 1950s was the Korean War which lasted from 1950 to 1953. The war began in 1950 when the communist North Korea invaded the non communist South Korea.
The Korean War began after the end of the Second World War in 1950. Initially, the Korean peninsula was part of the Japanese Empire. After the Empire’s defeat, it forced them to split into North and South Korea. Soviet forces settled in North Korea while American troops moved to the south of the Korean peninsula. The United States on the side of South Korea decided to establish a democratic republic commission that was meant to oversee the election scheduled in 1948.
The invasion that started the Korean War was the first real action that was taken during the Cold War, which had been going on for three years by 1950 (“Korean War”). Although it started out as a civil war between North Korea and South Korea, the U.S. quickly joined to fight alongside South Korea in efforts to stop the spread of communism. The Korean War was a turning point in U.S history and in the Cold War. The U.S. had been engaged in the Cold War in order to fight and contain communism and took action for the first time in 1950 at the start of the Korean War. The Korean War was also significant because it continues to be relevant even today.
Accordingly in 19 Hundreds the japanese occupied the korean peninsula and this occupation was very forced and violent until the japanese lost the war and were forced to retreat. The the americans started to enter korea through the south and the soviets started entering from the north and both agreed to stop at a significant point and that point was the 38th parallel which split almost evenly korean in to two sides (Hickey). Both sides wanted to have party leaders and even though the elections where heavily rigged the elections still continued and Kim Il-sung was elected for the soviet party and Syngman Rhee was selected to represent the US and South Korea (Millett), parties both leaders were cruel and corrupt but the soviets had already started to build up troops to start the
After the war, in 1948, Korea was split in two. The Republic of Korea, controlled by the Allies, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, ruled by the Soviets. Both considering themselves the ruling government there was tension which led to North Korea’s invasion of the South on June 25th, 1950. This sparked the Korean war between the American and the Vietnamese. In 1953 the war was over and Korea was still split in two with a De militarized zone in between.
In retrospect, however, the United States should not have entered the war. Not being a part of the war would have saved American lives and money, potentially eliminated PTSD in a generation on soldiers, and would have prevented the animosity that exist between the United States and North Korea that dominates the headlines today. The Korean War was fought between two major wars, Word War II and the Vietnam War. Due to being fought between these major wars, the Korean War is known as “The Forgotten War.” The Korean War started on June 25, 1950 and ended July 23, 1953.