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What was the Korean War?

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The Korean War arose from the division of Korea at the end of World War II and from the global tensions of the Cold War. A United Nations force led by the U.S. fought on behalf of South Korea against North Korea and its Chinese and Soviet Union allies.

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What was the Korean War?
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Twenty-one countries of the United Nations contributed to the defense of South Korea. The U.S. constituted 88 percent of the military force fighting on behalf of South Korea. The fighting ended in July 1953 when an armistice agreement was signed. The agreement established a 2.5-mile-wide fortified buffer zone between the north and south. The war is viewed as both a civil war and a proxy conflict in the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. While it did not commit forces to the conflict directly, the Soviet Union did provide strategic planning, weapons and materials for both the North Korean and Chinese armies.

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    When was the Korean War?

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    The Korean War was fought from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. After the end of World War II, Korea was liberated from Japanese rule and occupied by American and Soviet forces, who were divided from each other by the 38th parallel.

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    What was the outcome of the Korean War?

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    The outcome of the Korean War included heavy casualties, a country left in ruins and a military victory for neither side. On July 27, 1953, an armistice was signed and the fighting stopped. However, there was continued threat of invasions, and China emerged from the war with renewed strength. Despite the signed truce, the conflict was not settled and Korea remains divided in two nations.

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    What were the causes of the Cold War?

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    The main causes of the Cold War were the political division of Europe after World War II and the fears of aggression on both sides. The origins of the Cold War go back to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the rise of communism as an economic contrast to capitalism in the West. Both zones of influence reflected the conflict of ideologies between capitalism and communism.

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    When did the Korean War end?

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    The official date that marked the end of the Korean War is July 27, 1953. The war lasted for three years before an armistice between North Korea, South Korea and the People's Republic of China brought it to an end.

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