In the aftermath of World War II, global politics came to be dominated by a struggle between two great powers: The United States and the Soviet Union. These two nations defined the course of history in the second half of the 20th century, and the legacy of their Cold War continues to the present day.
Korean War 5 Ws - Students will use a spider graph storyboard to identify the major defining components of the Korean War as a basic outline. In addition, this will provide perspective as to how the Cold War was also defined by proxy wars that occurred throughout the Cold War. The Korean War itself was an indirect conflict between the two nations, but would set in motion both nations already dedicated stance on preserving, and spreading, their ideologies and control. More so, students will be able to connect and explain how this “hot” war was in direct correlation with the overall Cold War.
WHO WAS INVOLVED?
WHY DID THE WAR HAPPEN?
WHERE DID THIS TAKE PLACE?
The United States, as well as part of the United Nation's forces, were pitted against North Korean communists, along with aid from communist China. Both forces aimed to control, and influence, the entire Korean peninsula.
The war happened as a result of competing influence over Korea on behalf of communist North Korea and a democratic, U.S.-controlled South Korea. The war was an exemplification of communist vs. democratic states in a post WWII world.
The war occurred on the Korean peninsula, located south of China on the Asian continent. Initially, the border stood at the 38th parallel between North and South Korea. When the war was over, it remained there.
WHEN DID THE WAR OCCUR?
We must CONTAIN communism!
5 W's: THE KOREAN WAR 1950-1953
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WAR?
The Korean War began on the heels of China's civil war ending in 1949, as China emerged as a communist state. U.S. and U.N. forces began fighting in Korea in 1950. The war would last until 1953, ending in an armistice. To this day, no formal end has come to the war.
The Korean War is significant in that it is one of the initial proxy wars stemming from the Cold War between the U.S. and Soviet Union. It exemplifies the U.S. and Soviet determination in preserving, and spreading, their respective ideologies, and global power-holds.