The Containment Policy And The Globalization Of The Korean War

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Korea had been of great importance to the USSR, the Peoples Republic of China and the US since the early nineteenth century. Following this tradition, subsequently after World War 2, North Korea with the backing USSR made an attempt in unifying Korea across the 38th parallel, the border between North and South Korea. The Korean War officially begun on June 25, 1950 in a time of the burgeoning Cold War in which was an international competition between the main protagonists, the Democratic U.S and the communist Soviets for ideological contest and world domination. In an attempt to combat communism in Korea, the U.S ultimately introduced the foreign policy, which they hoped would In turn eliminate communist influence in Korea as well as around …show more content…
The success of the containment policy was demonstrated though the outcome of the Korean War as it successfully upheld Soviet communist ‘aggression’ to invade South Korea, which led to the globalization of the U.S policy’s. Viewing the North Korean assault into South Korea as a case of Soviet aggression, the Truman administration implemented the U.S foreign policy in part as a response to curb communist influence from spreading to South Korea. In explaining the theory, George F Kennan expressed that the threat posed by the Soviet Union was an economic and ideological one. Their efforts to halt the aggression of the Soviet lead North Koreans at the 38th parallel in August 1950, was regarded as successful in that South Korea was protected as it was viewed as vital in establishing global unified security against aggression. The idea of ‘aggression’ was example of the Soviets seeking to expand and maintain their sphere of influence. Dr Malkasain, recipient of a doctrine in history of war …show more content…
James Fitzgerald, Ex marine who served in Korea and author of a variety of post WW2 books further supports Dr Malkasain claims, highlighting that,” In the West, the result of the war was officially regarded as a triumph for collective security over aggression.”(Fitzgerald, 1995) While Fitzgerald is an ex marine in which expresses a conservative perspective which is supported by a myriad of sources. Furthermore, as the Truman Doctrine was successful in containing North Korean encroachment, it can be seen that the Truman administration used demonstration of socialist invasion to develop new polices around the globe. Historian Walter Lafeber, Professer emeritus of history at Cornell university elaborates on this idea in saying that,” Although the war was limited to Korea, Truman administration used the threat

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