Historiographical debate: what caused the Korean War?

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  • Created on: 23-12-14 19:37
  • the exact sequence of events that saw the start of the Korean war have been the subject of debate
  • the north claimed it had been attacked by the forces of south korea who had begun shelling an area on the Ongjin Peninsula on the 23rd June and invaded the town of Haeju
  • this view was counter to what was accepted by the west which was that the north had, on the 25th June 1950, sent its army across the 38th parallel on the Ongjin Peninsula in order to seize the south
  • the seizure of Haeju byt the south korean's 17th Regiment has often been used to support the north's claim that the south had started the war
  • however, historian bruce Cumings pointed out the 17th regiment was a crack unit…

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