The Korean War
The Korean War
The Korean War was an internal war which led to a major confrontation between the Western Bloc and the Communist Bloc. The conflict lasted for three years and ended with no real winner, so the Korean Peninsula was divided into two states. In just 50 minutes, you will gain an understanding of why the war broke out and find out about its consequences, which continue to poison relations between North Korea and South Korea even today.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key moments in the bloody war, including Kim Il-sung’s decision to attack South Korea, the development of the conflict and the resulting stalemate. It also features a full biography of the key figures in the conflict, including Syngman Rhee and Douglas MacArthur, a valuable introduction to the political, social and economic context and an evaluation of the impact of the war, giving you all the essential information about this key period in Korean history.
About the Korean War
After North Korea invaded South Korea and the UN’s call for a ceasefire was ignored, a bloody war ensued, involving both Korean and foreign armies. The first battles were a disaster for the Western forces, as they were poorly-prepared, hindered by the monsoon and lacked knowledge of the region. However, the tide soon began to turn, and North Korea was forced to retreat. The war ended in a stalemate, and its consequences are still felt today.
This clear and accessible 48-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to the Korean War
- Political and social context
- The division of Korea
- Whose decision was it to attack?
- Key protagonists
- Syngman Rhee, South Korean politician
- Douglas MacArthur, American general
- Harry S. Truman, American statesman
- Kim Il-sung, North Korean military leader and statesman
- Analysis of the Korean War
- The development of the conflict
- The North Korean dawn invasion
- The UN enters the war
- The USA leads operations
- The American landing at Inchon
- The 38th parallel
- The meeting between MacArthur and the President
- China enters the war
- Negotiations and the armistice
- Impact of the Korean War
- North Korea and South Korea
- The USA and the UN
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