The korean war

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The korean war

  1. 1. Or How the ColdWar BecameVery Hot in aVery COLD Place
  2. 2.  In the KoreanWar, the ColdWar became “hot” (fighting took place) without the US and the USSR actually fighting each other.
  3. 3.  When the Japanese were defeated at the end ofWorld War II, the Korean Peninsula was freed.  Korea was divided along the 38th Parallel.  The northern half became North Korea (communist) while South Korea was democratic.
  4. 4.  A week ago, a student asked how wars begin.  The KoreanWar is a good example.  It began in 1950 as North Korea invaded South Korea to unite the Korean peninsula as a communist state.
  5. 5.  Out of fear of the “domino theory,” PresidentTruman sent American troops to help South Korea.  North Korea received military aid from China and the Soviet Union.
  6. 6.  The North Koreans, with aid by China, were soon overrunning American and South Korean forces.  American military leader, Douglas MacArthur, hero ofWorldWar II, began leadingAmerican troops and soon reversed the losses and actually pushed all the way into China. At that point, he was fired!
  7. 7.  Fearing a global war betweenAmerica and the Soviet Union/China, a cease- fire was signed in 1953.  Korea remained divided at the 38th parallel.  No actual peace treaty was ever signed.

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