The Forgotten War - Battle for Korea

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The Forgotten War
Battle for Korea

“The wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy.” -Omar Bradley

The Forgotten War

In the past half century, the conflict within the once unified nation of Korea has been the centre of global attention. The Korean War (1950-1953), although nicknamed “The Forgotten War,” was actually an extremely significant historical event. The causes of the war and events that took place over the course of the war were substantial; the war had many lasting political and social effects; and it relates to Canada’s history as a whole. Many of the effects of the Korean War, such as the tension between the United States and China, are still present in the world today. For this reason, and the fact that it was such an important event in history, it is important to know about the initial war against communist expansion that occurred in Korea over 50 years ago. Before going into detail about the after effects of the Korean War on the world, it is important to understand the basic events that took place, and its causes. After World War One, America and the Soviet Union (still allies) decided to help Korea establish a stable government; the US helped areas of Korea south of the 38th parallel, and the Soviet Union helped Northern Korea (Granfield xix). After the relationship between the US and the Soviet Union took a turn for the worst with the beginnings of the Cold War, Northern and Southern Korea became their own separate regimes, the North being Communist and the South Capitalist and anti-communist.
North Korea became known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and its leader was Premier Kim Il Sung. The South of Korea became known as



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