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Korea. One nation, two countries. Geography. “Shrimp between three whales” How has its geography affected Korea?. Artifacts date back 300,000 years ago In the 1200s, Korea was invaded by Mongols. 1910—Japan invades Korea Remained occupied until end of WWII in 1945

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korea

Korea

One nation, two countries

geography
Geography
  • “Shrimp between three whales”
  • How has its geography affected Korea?
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Artifacts date back 300,000 years ago

  • In the 1200s, Korea was invaded by Mongols
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1910—Japan invades Korea

  • Remained occupied until end of WWII in 1945
  • People of Korea were treated brutally
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After WWII, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel. The United States supported the South, which became Democratic. The Soviet Union supported the North, which became Communist.

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In 1950, after a number of small skirmishes at the border, war broke out between North and South Korea.

  • The US backed and fought with the South, and China fought with and backed the North.
  • After three years, the two sides fought to a stalemate and kept the country divided at the 38th parallel
  • 3 million people died, including 55,000 Americans
the demilitarized zone dmz
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

The DMZ is a no-mans land between North and South Korea. It is heavily guarded by North Koreans on one side and Americans and South Koreans on the other.

south korea
South Korea
  • “Miracle of the Han River”—strong economic recovery after war
  • Ranked 13th in overall Gross Domestic Product
north korea
North Korea
  • Communist country
  • Has a million man army with nuclear power
  • Incredibly poor
night lights
Night Lights

South Korea’s population is twice as large as that of North Korea, has a 20 to 1 larger economy, and a 98% literacy rate.