The Korean War Essay by Master Researcher

The Korean War
A discussion on the reasoning behind Truman's decision to go to war in Korea.
# 86896 | 2,250 words | 10 sources | 2005 | US

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This paper will examine Truman's reasoning in greater detail in order to demonstrate that the conflicting interests of U.S. and Soviet imperialism were the driving forces behind the Korean War. This discussion will include some background on the situation in Korea, the actions of the North Koreans, the immediate U.S. reaction, and finally the reasoning that prompted such a swift military response.

From the Paper:

"The Korean War was the first major conflict of the Cold War and stands in the annals of American history as one of the most devastating and violent conflicts in which U.S. forces have ever been engaged. The war was protracted and involved forces on both sides alternately gaining and losing ground, to the extreme detriment of the local population. For example, Seoul--the capital of South Korea and just south of the divide between North and South Korea--changed hands four times in the nine months following the initial attack in June 1950 (Kahn 28). As one might expect, the once bustling metropolis was laid to waste during the Korean War as international power politics were brought to bear on this southeastern Asian peninsula. As one journalist at the time put it: "The Koreans are understandably leery of foreigners.""

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