World War I: The First Half Of The 20th Century

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The war brought more than five million casualties. The US and USSR had their own motives behind the war. For the Americans and the many other people around the world, the end of the Second World War meant peace and prosperity. But for the Koreans it was misery. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Koreans were ruled by the Japanese empire. When Japan was defeated in the Second World War, Korea became free. The Koreans wanted a free and unified state. However the United States and the Soviet Union had different plans. The Soviet Union wanted to expand the Communist influence in Korea. But the United States didn’t want that to happen. The US stressed the importance of sontainment (a foreign policy used to prevent the spread of communism).
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