American Involvement in Korea

Szatmári Julianna (1999) American Involvement in Korea. BA/BSc, Juhász Gyula Tanárképző Főiskola.

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In my diploma work I attempt to describe the causes of the war and the sequence of events through which I intend to examine the American participation in the conflict and to point out its controversial nature. Whether it was an American war or just a United Nations "police action" against spreading communism? Was it a victory or a defeat? The Korean War has been neglected because of these questions that emphasise its controversial nature. Still, the Korean conflict is worth paying attention as it helps to understand the principles of the Cold War and the relationship between countries in an age that was full of tension. While describing the war in Korea my starting point was to outline those circumstances that led to the armed conflict. As its main reason is rooted in the Cold War and the power relations of the world after the Second World War it is necessary to begin with it. Then I form a notion of the reasons for the North Korean offensive against the South. In the second part of my diploma work I intend to describe the war itself. The occurances of the war are divided into four chapters in accordance with the different aims of the United Nations during the War. The early events cover the period between June 1950 and September 1950 when the aim of the UN was to prevent the communist occupation of the Korean Peninsula. The events of the next three months began with the succesful Allied breakthrough of the Naktong Perimeter and the Inchon landing but ended with the catastrophic Chinese intervention. During this period the UN wanted to liberate North Korea. Between December 1950 and June 1951 Allied forces were forced to withdraw to the South threrefore their only aim was to reestablish the former border of the two countries. The two-year period of July 1951 and July 1953 was spent with truce-talks but fightings often interrupted the process. Finally, I included the consequences of the war in the third part emphasising its effects on the United States. As a conclusion I attempted to draw attentionto thenature of the American involvement in the war that is still controversial.


Juhász Gyula Tanárképző Főiskola


Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College


Angol Tanszék


Teacher Training




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Item Type: Thesis (BA/BSc)
Date: 1999
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. Jun. 07. 08:53
Last Modified: 2019. Jun. 11. 06:40

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