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How far do you agree with the view in this source about the causes of the Korean war? (6 marks) This source is very one-sided as it was written by the British historian; Desmond Donnelly, 1965

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How far do you agree with the view in this source about the causes of the Korean war? (6 marks) This source is very one-sided as it was written by the British historian; Desmond Donnelly, 1965. It suggests to us that Stalin is making Russia have power over North Korea and that he is the reason the Korean war broke out but doesn't suggest opposite sides (USA, South). Provenance is very important in this text because at the time 'Struggle for the world' was published - the Korean war had ended - but the Cold war was still going on. ...read more.

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The USA siezed for an oppertunity to make communism look weak and took it very willingly, especially if it meant that they could compete indirectly with the USSR. The timing of when this text was written is vital - the USA were still very cold towards the USSR because of the whole idea of comunism spreading; the dominoe effect. China had just turned communist and this made the USA very scared that the dominoe effect may actually happen. ...read more.

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The USSR only had two reasons to get involed with the war. Their most important reason was so they could spread communism, but the second was so they could fight the USA without an actual 'hot war' - they could have a chance to be indirect. I agree somewhat with the source but not to the full extent of the Korean war being Stalin's fault. I mainly disagree though because the source is very mis-leading and is not telling us the whole truth. Britain is anti-communist, they still fear a nuclear war and they have a fear of communism spreading- just like with the USA. ...read more.

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