Korean War : The Cold War

1598 Words May 26th, 2016 7 Pages
At the mid-point of the century that had already seen two appallingly destructive and costly World wars, just as the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States broke due to their ideological differences after World War II, in the midst of the Cold War was the Korean War. The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 when the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, a border between South and North Korea, to attack South Korea. The size of the war quickly grew as it began to involve countries like China, Soviet Union, and the United States. With nothing to show rather than early back-and-forth across the 38th parallel between the two sides, the Korean War marked its end in July 1953 with about 5 million losses of soldiers and innocent civilians during the war. Korean peninsula still divided today, one must understand how Korean War marks a significant turning point in the context of international order and relations, and the American foreign policies. During the 1950s, the Korean War was tremendously significant as it marked the first concrete war against communism as well as revealing inconsistencies in American foreign policy. During the 1940s and 1950s, before and after the Korean War began, the U.S.’ securitized and perceived threats from communism led to paranoid American society. As the World War II ended, democratic United States and the communist Soviet Union engaged in a series of political and economic clashes through the Cold war because…
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