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To what extent was the Korean War a product of the cold war tensions?

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To what extent was the Korean War a product of the cold war tensions? There is two answers to this question one is yes it was a product of the cold war and the other is no it wasn't a product of the cold war. In this essay we are going to discuss both arguments in much more depth and come to a conclusion to which answer is right. Firstly we will start with the answer yes it was a product of the cold war. The Korean War was a product of the cold war tensions because the cold war was a conflict between to opposing ideologies, communism and capitalism. By 1949 the cold war tensions were at boiling point because of events such as the Truman doctrine, Marshall plan and Berlin blockade, at these events things happened that caused tension and misunderstanding between the east and south. The Truman Doctrine stated that the US would aid any country under attack by armed minorities, it was made because of the situation in Greece but Stalin knew that ...read more.

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other because of the tensions of the cold war and they both had their reasons to occupy the whole of Korea, the USA wanted Korea to stop the spread of communism and Stalin was set on world domination and believed owning the whole of Korea would lead a little bit further towards this goal. Also in 1950 the NSC-68 had been issued by the US national security and was a report by the USA, it blamed the communist expansionism of Stalin for the continuation of the cold war and in it the Soviet Union was considered to be aiming to dominate Europe and Asia as part of the spread of world communism. It recommended much stronger action against communism, which was the policy of rollback because of policies like appeasement being seen as too soft on the Soviet Union. America now saw this as a chance to see if this new more aggressive tactic was going to prove a success in containing the Soviet Union. ...read more.

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But this isn't a very strong argument against the matter of it not being a product of the cold war tensions because Kim IL Sung was a communist leader and Syngman Rhee was Capitalist leader that once again led back to the cold war, Communism vs. capitalism. So I believe that the Korean War was almost entirely a product of the Cold War for the reason that the Korean War being once again Russia vs. America. The tensions of the Cold War were so deep that no decisions or agreements could be made between the two countries. Even though Korea wanted to be unified with no global influence the dictators of the north and south were either capitalist or communist which meant that these two dictators wouldn't be able to reach an agreement with each other because of the Cold War tension. Everything that happened during this time was either because of the cold war tensions or linked someway to the cold war and this is why I saw the Korean War as a by-product of the Cold War tensions. ...read more.

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