The Korean War

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Use the source below and your knowledge to explain why there was a war in Korea from 1950-53. Source: America's first response to the invasion of South Korea was to rush military supplies to South...

Use the source below and your knowledge to explain why there was a war in Korea from 1950-53.

Source: America's first response to the invasion of South Korea was to rush military supplies to South Korea. Then, on 27 June the United States proposed a resolution in the United Nation calling for military action against North Korea. The resolution was passed and three days later Truman ordered American troops into Korea. (From a modern textbook)

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First, why was there a war at all?  The main reason for this was the communists’ desire to expand and the West’s strategy of containing communism.  After WWII, Korea was split into communist North Korea and non-communist South Korea.  The communists in the North, backed to some degree by China and the Soviet Union, invaded South Korea.  This was in keeping with the broader...

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