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The Korean War, which began in 1950 and ended in 1953, is not considered one of the major wars of the twentieth century. However, in reality, it was profoundly impactful on global history. As an early crisis of the Cold War, it set important precedents for how conflicts would be handled during this era. But also, it has shaped Korea’s history for more than half a century. The Korean War, which began in 1950 and ended in 1953, is not considered one of the major wars of the twentieth century. However, in reality, it was profoundly impactful on global history. As an early crisis of the Cold War, it set important precedents for how conflicts would be handled during this era. But also, it has shaped Korea’s history for more than half a century. Inside you will read about... ✓ Korea before World War II ✓ The End of World War II and the Cold War Context ✓ The Korean War Begins ✓ The United States Enters the Korean War ✓ The Korean War Escalates ✓ Stalemate at the 38th Parallel ✓ After the War It was destructive, and brought many atrocities on both sides. What is more, still to this day, Korea remains divided along the 38th parallel, and the people of North and South Korea live very different lives.


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The Korean War, which began in 1950 and ended in 1953, is not considered one of the major wars of the twentieth century. However, in reality, it was profoundly impactful on global history. As an early crisis of the Cold War, it set important precedents for how conflicts would be handled during this era. But also, it has shaped Korea’s history for more than half a century. The Korean War, which began in 1950 and ended in 1953, is not considered one of the major wars of the twentieth century. However, in reality, it was profoundly impactful on global history. As an early crisis of the Cold War, it set important precedents for how conflicts would be handled during this era. But also, it has shaped Korea’s history for more than half a century. Inside you will read about... ✓ Korea before World War II ✓ The End of World War II and the Cold War Context ✓ The Korean War Begins ✓ The United States Enters the Korean War ✓ The Korean War Escalates ✓ Stalemate at the 38th Parallel ✓ After the War It was destructive, and brought many atrocities on both sides. What is more, still to this day, Korea remains divided along the 38th parallel, and the people of North and South Korea live very different lives.

30 review for Korean War: A History From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    The Korean War officially started in June 1950 and saw the armed forces of the United States and a coalition of world countries, under the auspices of the United Nations, against the Soviet Union, China and the communist regime governing Korea north of the 38th Parallel. This war lasted until July of 1953 when an armistice was reached. This war was the first to deploy troops under a United Nations mandate. It was also the first of many Cold War conflicts that would ravage the latter half of the The Korean War officially started in June 1950 and saw the armed forces of the United States and a coalition of world countries, under the auspices of the United Nations, against the Soviet Union, China and the communist regime governing Korea north of the 38th Parallel. This war lasted until July of 1953 when an armistice was reached. This war was the first to deploy troops under a United Nations mandate. It was also the first of many Cold War conflicts that would ravage the latter half of the Twentieth Century. While reading this short history, I was surprised at the lack of military readiness in which the United States was in, just five years after the end of World War II. I’ve always considered the Second World War and the Korean War as my father’s wars (I was born in the year this conflict started). Like so many others, my memories of the Korean War are wrapped up in all those episodes of M*A*S*H. With all of the tension emanating from the Korean Peninsula, I think that it is a good time to reacquaint with this history and this book is a very good place to begin. The Korean War is not much different than so many other wars as, when the guns fall silent and the combatants go home, nothing has really changed. The 38th Parallel was the division of Korea before the war and it has remained so to this day.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    Once again, Hourly History has succeeding in creating a book that educates the reader in the chosen subject, and accomplishes this in less than an hour. This offering on the Korean War begins with a quick overview of the last two thousand years. Japanese subjugation ended in 1945, and the two governments of North and South Korea were established. The Cold War between the East and West provided the background and impetus for another war to begin, although the major powers exercised caution, as no Once again, Hourly History has succeeding in creating a book that educates the reader in the chosen subject, and accomplishes this in less than an hour. This offering on the Korean War begins with a quick overview of the last two thousand years. Japanese subjugation ended in 1945, and the two governments of North and South Korea were established. The Cold War between the East and West provided the background and impetus for another war to begin, although the major powers exercised caution, as no one wished to cause another world war so soon after the last one. This is an educational read, allowing one to gain enough knowledge to understand why the war happened. It is written in an easy to read manner, yet contains enough facts to have validity as a short history book. Four stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashwin

    Korean War and the 38th parallel. Policy of containment and Domino theory. Another good ebook by hourly history on the Korean War. The war lasted for almost three years and resulted in atrocities across the peninsula. In the end it was capitalism that prevailed against communism.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    Apart from the details about what happened during the Korean War, the book provides some fascinating insights into the relationship between General McArthur and President Truman. This war was different from any other war as it was the first instance of a proxy war being fought between the super-powers post second World War.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Reid Brooks

    Author exhibits baffling anti-western bias and total obliviousness to Asia’s troubled past. Goes to clear lengths to call out belief in western racism against Japan, despite the fact that Eastern Asia is historically the world’s greatest hotbed of racism, and that post-war hatred of the Japanese in the west was driven specifically by Japanese atrocities during the war, specifically the massacring of civilian populations and horrendous torturing of POWs. Such racism is readily documented via atti Author exhibits baffling anti-western bias and total obliviousness to Asia’s troubled past. Goes to clear lengths to call out belief in western racism against Japan, despite the fact that Eastern Asia is historically the world’s greatest hotbed of racism, and that post-war hatred of the Japanese in the west was driven specifically by Japanese atrocities during the war, specifically the massacring of civilian populations and horrendous torturing of POWs. Such racism is readily documented via attitude surveys. In 2013 the Washington Post polled major countries around the world asking who would have a problem with someone of a different race moving in next door to them. Asia on the whole performed abhorrently poorly, with at least 20% of all major countries reporting they would take issue with this (India was worst at over 40%). The author then engages in repetitive anti-American rhetoric, amping up a distaste for American involvement in the peninsula, blowing off the horrors of the soviets and militarism and sponsorship they engaged in to start the war. It’s really bafflingly historical ignorance—I’ve never been more annoyed reading what purports to be history. This might as well be titled “a communist sympathizer’s alternative history of Korea: why you should hate the west.”

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Gleckler Clark

    You are there…. Reading this, albeit brief, history of the Korean War was most insightful for me. My brother-in-law was called up by the US to Korea and assigned to maintenance and Supply during this uprising. By husband, though 15+ years later, while in the Army was sent to Uijeongbu (approximately 12 miles south of the 38th Parallel) in 4th Finance (to support those who continue the defense of South Korea. He spent 14 months and 1 day there. What was actually a Cold War event (based on political You are there…. Reading this, albeit brief, history of the Korean War was most insightful for me. My brother-in-law was called up by the US to Korea and assigned to maintenance and Supply during this uprising. By husband, though 15+ years later, while in the Army was sent to Uijeongbu (approximately 12 miles south of the 38th Parallel) in 4th Finance (to support those who continue the defense of South Korea. He spent 14 months and 1 day there. What was actually a Cold War event (based on political gains and losses), still has an impact on our World today. The North Koreans, backed by the Chinese and Soviets, wanted the entire country reunited under Communism. While the South Koreans wanted the country reunited under Capitalism. After fighting the 3 year war, nothing was settled. Korea still remains divided. If you are a war buff, or simply want to understand just what happened there, this is a good summation of the events that took place there.

  7. 5 out of 5

    MrsIcarusPain

    A good starting point. I knew nothing the Korean war before reading this. Although it's not fully detailed it gives a good outline of what happened during the war. It even warns the readers of some of the gruesome atrocities committed that they will learn in detail in other readings. I also liked how it didn't romanticize the American side and talked about some of their shortcomings and motives. A good starting point. I knew nothing the Korean war before reading this. Although it's not fully detailed it gives a good outline of what happened during the war. It even warns the readers of some of the gruesome atrocities committed that they will learn in detail in other readings. I also liked how it didn't romanticize the American side and talked about some of their shortcomings and motives.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Brilliant I am ashamed to say that all I knew about the Korean War was what I saw on TV. Then I read this. What an incredible introduction to a pivotal time in history. This is something the current American government should read, as it seems to be gearing up to repeat history.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Netanella

    I'm up to the Cold War in my APUSH class, so this 50-page summary of the key ideas surrounding the Korean War was brilliant way to spend an hour on a Sunday evening before class on Monday morning. I'm glad that the author, anonymously named "Hourly History," took a balanced approach to the Cold War, and not a regurgitated, Westernized, whitewashed view of events. Nicely done. I'm up to the Cold War in my APUSH class, so this 50-page summary of the key ideas surrounding the Korean War was brilliant way to spend an hour on a Sunday evening before class on Monday morning. I'm glad that the author, anonymously named "Hourly History," took a balanced approach to the Cold War, and not a regurgitated, Westernized, whitewashed view of events. Nicely done.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vivek Priyadarshi

    So precise and to the point Pardon my ignorance, but I had never read about the Korean War. The book, though a short read, has just enough details for you to know what you should know about the Korean War. After reading A River in Darkness, I wanted to know more about North Korea and the book just had enough of the history. Very nice short read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Reda Henein

    This book compares very favourably amongst most of the books written about the Korean war .It is easy to read and understand , It gives the reader the knowledge about most of the important events in the war.It also highlights the conflict between president Truman and general MacArthur . I recommend this book .

  12. 4 out of 5

    David W.

    Police Action As a grade school American I often wondered just what was meant to say that our soldiers were fighting a “police action”. The background this book has provided gives a clearer picture. However, fighting to the death is still War - the terminology & labeling I’d just semantics (politics).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adam Mahler

    Concise book of the war I really liked how this book stuck to the meat of the war. It gave all the pertinent information and left out all the hubbub about how some people feel about the war.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aditya Nagar

    Very well defined In less words writer has described the scenario of Korean peninsula. Just want to say that this book worth time and money. I don't know what could be added in this book but it really give us info about Korea. Very well defined In less words writer has described the scenario of Korean peninsula. Just want to say that this book worth time and money. I don't know what could be added in this book but it really give us info about Korea.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Guy

    This is what I'd describe as a "high altitude review". That's not a criticism, it's the result of trying to open a discussion of a BIG subject. If you weren't around in those days, and are truly interested, this is a good starting point. This is what I'd describe as a "high altitude review". That's not a criticism, it's the result of trying to open a discussion of a BIG subject. If you weren't around in those days, and are truly interested, this is a good starting point.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ewagner

    Very concise. Very concise. I like how it just touched on the key salient points. Not a lot of unnecessary battle details

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark Hanford

    A pretty good and easy read that provided a casual overview of the whole war.

  18. 4 out of 5

    jparvinjr

    Interesting reading. Haven't read much about the Korean War,I did visit South Korea many years ago and found it beautiful and modern. Visited the site or near the 38 parallel. Interesting reading. Haven't read much about the Korean War,I did visit South Korea many years ago and found it beautiful and modern. Visited the site or near the 38 parallel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    George Polansky

    More balanced then I expected.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sean Talbot

    While it was okay it really didn't assist me in learning more about the culture or war While it was okay it really didn't assist me in learning more about the culture or war

  21. 4 out of 5

    R Cichon

    Quick overview A quick overview. Some info I did not know and makes me want to get a more detailed look into the Korean War.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Huy Tran

    A brief and wonderful overview of an unpopular war. I think the book did a good job of delivering the essensce of the war and its impact.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sivakumar P

    Excellent This is a really good book If you wanna know About Korean War Definitely go for this book I got this for free

  24. 4 out of 5

    CaitlynAnne Clark

    This series is great for a brief overview of events. Not for history buffs that already have a deep understanding.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nihal Lele

    The war was explained briefly but was written from the Americans' point of view. The war was explained briefly but was written from the Americans' point of view.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rick Granger

    A quick read and a brief overview of the war. Thank you.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gordon A. Johnston

    All I wished to know on the subject. Very clear and succinct account of the war. For those, like me, who have had a vague notion of the conflict and need a short explanation.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kuo Loon Loh

    One of the better books in the Hourly History series. The English was grammatically correct and there were much fewer typos than usual. More importantly, the narration was coherent and gave a fair overview of the Korean War. As usual, this serves better as an intro - think of it as reading a Wikepedia entry.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Very informative A good read that explains the Korean War and how we were involved. I felt it was very informative as I did not know much other than sketchy info. It is not a long book so you can zip right through it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    David

    Korea from the beginning until now I learned so much about the history of Korea and the events that finally led to the Korean war. Communism vs. Capitalism and the belief in the Domino Theory that Communism had to be stopped. Wish we would have studied this when I was in high school.

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