The Korean War is often referred to as “The Forgotten War” because reporting on the conflict was heavily censored throughout the 1950s and it was overshadowed in popular memory by the US involvement in Vietnam. Nevertheless, The Korean War remains highly significant for the following reasons.
The Korean War marked the first large-scale military enforcement of the policy of Containment. After the end of World War II, the United States adopted a global foreign policy designed to prevent the spread of communism at any cost. The US had invested heavily in South Korea at the end of the war in an attempt to prevent a fall to communism so, when North Korea invaded in 1950, the Americans and their allies responded quickly with military force. The Korean War marked the first large proxy war, a pattern that emerged throughout the decades of the Cold War between the USSR and the United States.
The Korean War was also significant for the diverse participants fighting in the conflict. Soldiers...
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