chapter  Chapter One
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Korea, the Japanese Empire, and the Pacific War

WithPeter Lowe

The outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950 focused world attention on a remote peninsula in East Asia, which had never been the centre of a crisis of such dimensions as to threaten the possibility of a world war. This chapter explains what was the nature of Korean society and how Korea been affected by the experience of having been ruled as an integral part of the Japanese colonial empire for almost half a century before the defeat of Japan. The prospect for Korea regaining independence lay in the defeat of Japan could achieve only by: the United States and the Soviet Union. In the American government more consideration was devoted to Korea, although without an outcome that gave rise to a smooth and considered implementation of policy at the end of the Pacific War. The Yalta conference considers the future of the Far East in the light of the entry of the Soviet Union into the Pacific War.