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The Korean War of 1950–1953 can be categorized in several ways: a UN conflict, a U.S. war, a Cold War proxy war, and an Asian war. However one defines the war, this war had major social consequences for all parties involved. North Korea and South Korea suffered the most obvious social and physical effects of the war, as the war was fought on the Korean peninsula. The United States played a large part in the Korean War, and it also experienced social effects from its role in the war. This entry addresses the positive and negative social consequences of the Korean War of 1950–1953 on North Korea, South Korea, and the United States.

Prior to World War II, Japan ruled the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to ...

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