How did WWII help to create the Korean War?

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This is an interesting question. I'd note, with this in mind, that a lot of what shaped the Cold War had its origins in the end of the Second World War, and the Korean War certainly reflects that theme.

If we go farther back, we'll see that Japan took over Korea as part of its own brand of imperialism. In the Second World War, Japan was allied with Germany and Italy.

With Japan's defeat at the end of World War II, Korea became divided into two zones, with the southern part of the country occupied by the United States and the North by the Soviet Union. Each side proceeded to...

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