Korean War Essay

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“The biggest usefulness the U.N. had for the U.S. was the Korean War (Joel Diemond).” After WWII, the Soviets and Americans failed to reach an agreement on a Korean Government which led to two independent governments. The South which was American zone became Republic of Korea, while the North, which was Soviet zone became Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Both Koreas claimed their government was the legitimate government of all Korea causing more drastic tension between the two. The Korean War was an atrocious war that left millions dead during the conflict. The Korean War had a great impact on future events and history as a whole in comparison to other events during the same time period. The Korean War began around June 25, 1950. The Korean War was fought by Republic of Korea with the aid of United Nations, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with the aid of China and Soviet Union. “It seemed to be a war between South and North Korea, but America and Russia were using it to fight without having a hot war (Haan).” This war was just a phase in the Cold War. United States and Soviet Union used this war as an excuse to fight without directly declaring war due to the fright of nuclear attacks. United States went to war in Korea for three main reasons. The first reason was Truman feared that if one country fell into communism others will follow. He also wanted to demoralize communism and keep the American way of life. The last reason was United States was in competition with Soviet Union for world domination. After millions of deaths, the Korean War ended on July 27, 1953 with an armistice. Even though there was an armistice, the Koreas have still not been united. The Korean War relates to many of the events learned in class. Like the Rwandan Genocide, both sides oppressed the other group and caused millions of civilian deaths from massacres. This event was very dependent on the geography of the war which goes back to the five themes of geography learned at the beginning of the year. Due to the North and South being neighboring countries, the tension and war became intensified. Furthermore, due to Korea being a distance from both Soviet Union and United States, the civilian were safe from the opposing soldiers attacking due to Cold War. The types of government were gone over during class as well. The war was between those who believe in Adam Smith’s idea of capitalism where everyone has a chance, and those who followed Karl Marx’s idea of communism where people are paid equal no matter what their occupation or status is. Not only was this related to many other events, but also shaped forthcoming events to come. The Korean War had a direct impact on certain impending events and left lasting