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Korean War

WHO: Republic of Korea- UN and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korean- Soviet Union

WHAT- election that didn’t happen

WHEN- June 25, 1950-July 27, 1953

WHERE- North and South Korea

WHY- political division

Korean War Summary

            The Korean War started on June 25, 1950 and an armistice was signed on July 27, 1953.  Throughout the Korean War there were more than 1 million deaths, many of them civilians.  An election that never happened caused political division and then caused the Korean War.  Also, after the election, North Korea invaded, but South Korea fought them off and invaded North Korean, prompting China to enter the war.

            The war ended in a stalemate, exactly where it started.  Since the Koreas didn’t actually sign a treaty, the Koreas are still technically at war.  And the border between the two Koreas supported that idea.  Between them is the Demilitarized Zone, 160 miles of heavily guarded border.


English, June, and Thomas Jones. "Korean War." Korean War. 1st ed. 1. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1998. Print.



David Kinsley,
May 6, 2010, 11:30 AM