The Korean War was as much of a verification of the Cold War as anything. Leading up to the Korean War, the Cold War was filled with threats and escalations with limited action, so to speak. However, this new war forced all sides to realize that this "Cold War" wasn't so cold anymore.
The Korean War's most notable impact on the Cold War itself was through nuclear warfare. This was the first time that the United States and the Soviet Union came to the forefront with nuclear weapons. This fact alone set off tensions in the Cold War for the next several decades.
Another element of the Cold War that began in Korea was the idea of proxy wars. Both the United States and the Soviet Union became deeply involved in this fight—but in other third world countries. The influence of communism forced the United States to desperately enter into any country under the Soviet Union's hand.
Finally, one of the least talked about aspects of the Korean and Cold War is the impact on the United States. In the...
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