Importance of the Korean War

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Importance of the Korean War

  • It extended the Cold War to the Far East.
  • It indicated that Truman was prepared to stick to the Truman Doctrine and the policy of containing communism.
  • It appeared that the superpowers did not want to turn the cold war into a 'hot war'. The soviets didnt become directly involved. The war didnt spread beyond Korea.
  • Marked the emergence of communist China as a world power. The chinese had prevented the USA from uniting Korea, and China became more friendly with the USSR.
  • UN had resisted an act of agression.
  • USSR hadnt been directly involved in the war, although it did supply weapons to the north
  • Korea was still divided as North and South and it appeared that the division was now permanent.
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