Cold War: The Korean War

785 Words4 Pages
Korean War The Korean War was a Cold War, specifically a limited war between North and South Korea. It occurred from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, and was very significant in the development of North and South Korea, as well as the nations involved in the conflict. After prior Japanese control in 1904, Korea was split between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Each country controlled one section of Korea with its own governmental system, before later leaving Korea to rule on its own. The Korean War was caused by a growing fear of the spread of communism throughout the world (domino theory). It was also caused by differing viewpoints in Korea. North Korea, which had been controlled by the Soviet Union, was communist, while South Korea, formerly…show more content…
It was influential in the election of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who pledged to end the Korean War. The Korean War increased the spending of the United States from 12 to 60 billion dollars, as well as the spending of Korea, the UN, Russia, and China. It killed 54,000 Americans and wounded 103,000. The war resulted in 900,000 casualties in China and 17,000 in the UN. As a result of the war, Chinese and Russian relations became stronger. It also highlighted the influence of America in determining what the UN did, and proved how weak the UN was in achieving its desired outcome. The war led to the naval race between the United States and Russia. It also failed to unite North and South Korea under the same governmental system, but it contained communism in Northeast Asia. The war increased people’s growing fears of universal communism. Luckily, no bombs were used, so the war was less catastrophic than it could have been. About 1.3 million South Korean militants were killed, while approximately 520,000 North Korean militants were killed. There were about three million civilian casualties in Korea. In total, nearly five million died in this three year
Open Document