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Korean War. Tracy Anthonsen Alyssa Pelletier. KOREAN PENINSULA!!. Summary of Korean War. Fought between North Korea and South Korea North Korea was supported by Soviet Russia South Korea was supported by the USA, UN gave military aid during wartime

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Korean war

Korean War

Tracy Anthonsen

Alyssa Pelletier



Summary of korean war
Summary of Korean War

  • Fought between North Korea and South Korea

  • North Korea was supported by Soviet Russia

  • South Korea was supported by the USA, UN gave military aid during wartime

  • North Korea was communist, South Korea was capitalist, Korea was divided after WW2 along the 38th parallel

  • Leaders:North Korea = Kim Il SungSouth Korea = Syngman RheeUSA = Truman

  • Differing political philosophies started war

  • Korean War is a direct reflection of the conflicting views communist USSR and capitalist USA

  • War ended in 1953 with an armistice


Kim il sung north korea
Kim Il Sung (North Korea)

  • Communist leader

  • Developed a personality cult around himself during leadership

  • Ruled until his death in 1994

  • BFF (best friend forever) = Stalin

  • Had aid from USSR and China during Korean War



Syngman rhee south korea
Syngman Rhee (South Korea)

  • Democratically elected

  • Realistically, was somewhat of a dictator

  • Committed nationalist

  • Obsessed with idea of a unified, independent Korea

  • Had aid from USA and UN during Korean War


Syngman rhee
Syngman Rhee


Korean history
Korean History

  • The Korean peninsula had been under Japanese rule until the end of WW2

  • Japan was defeated and the USA and the USSR emerged as the two leading world powers

  • Liberation from Japan should’ve allowed Korea to become independent

  • Korea, after being ruled under Japan, was left vulnerable and susceptible to the influences of other nations, especially since the world was worried about Stalin’s growing empire/threat and fear of communism: Korea gained its independence at a bad time – right in the middle of the Cold War


Macarthur drama
MacArthur Drama

  • Douglas C. MacArthur was a General that commanded the Allies in the Southwest Pacific during WW2

  • He was keeping an eye on Japan for team USA post-WW2

  • Commanded the UN forces during the Korean War

  • Became increasingly egotistical as he got older

  • Countermanded Truman’s orders in Korea

  • MacArthur was removed from his post on April 11, 1951 by Truman


WAR

  • Tension and mistrust had grown so much between USA and USSR that it directly influenced the conflict between North and South Korea

  • Kim Il Sung (North Korea) was BFF’s with Stalin, and invaded South Korea first; in order to fight communist and protect innocence, the USA and UN military helped South Korea

  • Division of Korea stems from the post-WW2 Allied victory; nearly all Koreans opposed it but USA and Soviet Union agreed to temporarily occupy the country as a trusteeship with the borders along the 38th parallel

  • Elections were scheduled but each superpower supported a different leader and the Korean peninsula was divided

  • Another reason Korea was so vulnerable: Japan had been the leaders in Korea, so there were very few Korean people able to do specific government jobs; they could not emerge with strong capable leaders when the surrounding leaders were overwhelming dictator trying to spread their political philosophies; government was chaotic and slightly disfunctional in Korea after liberation


Nowadays
Nowadays…

  • North Korea is not labeled as communist, but are called Stalinist and isolationalist (code words for a communist state)

  • South Korea is a capitalist liberal demoracy

  • The two sides have taken small steps towards a Korean reunification


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