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        The Korean War

        The Korean War began in 1950 as a civil war between North and South Korea, but quickly became an international conflict when the United Nations joined the battle to help South Korea, and China joined to help North Korea. While a cease fire was signed in July of 1953, a formal peace treaty was never signed, and the country was split in two at the 38th parallel, as it remains today.

        This set of resources provides background information on the Korean War. Students should analyze the information featured, and consider these resources when determining what environmental factors influenced the outcome of the Korean War.  

         

        Map of South Korea

        This map shows the complex way that the fronts of the war changed over the course of the conflict. At one point, the North Korean military had nearly pushed the southern forces off the peninsula. But just a few months later the UN forces had returned all those northern gains.

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        Asia Rising, Eyewitness Interview: Kwak Man Young

        This is an interview with Kwak Man Young, a highway engineer in Korea. The interview is from the WGBH production People's Century: "Asia Rising."

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        The Cold War in Asia | Crash Course US History #38

        In which John Green teaches you about the Cold War as it unfolded in Asia.

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        1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Arrive at Pusan to Join U.N. forces, 29th August 1950

        While Americans tend to think of the Korean war as an entirely Korean and American affair, the truth is that it was a UN military action that involved a number of countries. This image shows the 1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders from Scotland arriving in Pusan.

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