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Korean Partition: How did it happen .......... ? [Copy link] 中文

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Conclusion

Both the United States and the Soviet Union deserve blame for Korea's postwar division at the 38th parallel. Disregarding the desires of the Korean people, Washington and Moscow each believed that its security required a "friendly" Korea.[65]

Some scholars still decry the North Korean attack on 25 June 1950 as a clear violation of international law.[66] No Korean, however, has ever accepted division as legitimate or permanent. There is only one Korea.

Worth pondering is Cumings' reference to "the ultimate irony" of the words "Koreans invade Korea."[67]

But any satisfying explanation for Korea's partition requires recognizing the role of irrational human behavior in historical events. The Koreans were not passive actors, but actively manipulated both the Americans and the Soviets to advance selfish goals and personal ambitions. Syngman Rhee, Stueck writes, should be remembered as the "father of a divided Korea."[68]

But ultimately Soviet-American failure to cooperate prevented Korea's peaceful reunification.

Korean War scholars now must abandon the outdated analytical dichotomy of traditionalism versus revisionism and use new communist archival materials to provide a better understanding of the reasons for Korea's division and why two Koreas still exist today.

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http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/korpart.htm

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Originally posted by Desaview2 at 2010-11-30 10:40
good thread, good postings from expatter....................................
all very revealing.............................
America's messing around have been moving West .........from Japan ...
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Thank you for taking the time to read it ..............

There will be other articles which show a shade of grey for the dealings of the post-war period rather than the accepted 'black and white' ........

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Syngnman Rhee ...........

The father of a divided Korea ............

Got to power in a single party election in 1948  .........

In 1950 he had already lost the election in the ROK and was theoretically no longer in power ........

The coincidental happenings of June 1950 kept him in office way into the 1960's ........

Where he was suddenly stripped of power and retired to Hawaii with 25 million in cash for stating that he was going to invade the North ..........

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I think this latest release of .........

Soviet documents show that Stalin had tried to negotiate a 'Trust' set-up for Korea as a unified country ...............

Stalin didn't want the anti-Korean Trust Parties and the US felt that without control over an election they could lose their hold .........

And that after the US decided to make a democracy in the south then the line was set ........

We know that in the north all the Japanese and Japanese administrators were booted out of the office as the system was a traditionally feudalistic one with Japanese overlords and Korean landowners in charge and the socialistic model was implemented .. ............

The next articles will look at what happened in the south to achieve freedom and democracy ...........

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Hmmm...

And here I thought Harold just drew a line across the peninsula with his purple crayon.
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