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Korea: The Unknown War; Many Roads to War

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Korea: The Unknown War
Many Roads to War
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This series spans the history of the Korean War with a look at its origins and legacies. The programs combine archival material with the testimony of key eyewitnesses and present new evidence regarding the controversial aspects of the war. The story of a "police action" that grew into a multinational war claiming 34,000 US casualties - in the first and only confrontation between forces of the United Nations and the Communist bloc. Episode titles: 101: Many Roads to War," 102: An Arrogant Display of Strength," 103: "There is No Substitute for Victory," 104: "An Entirely New War," 105: "The Battle for Minds," 106: "Armed Truce." Series release date: 11/12/1990

Program Description

Explores the domestic and international forces that contributed to the outbreak of armed conflict along the 38th parallel. Following Japan's defeat in WWII, the Korean colony was cut in half: the Soviet Union occupied the North; and the Americans the South. This decision was based on an assumption that subsequent events would mock -- that an independent and reunified Korea would follow in due course.



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Broadcast program

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Global Affairs
War and Conflict
Social Issues
Peoples of East Asia
Hoyt, Austin (Series Producer)
Dorme, Mike (Producer)
Whitby, Max (Producer)
Halliday, Jon (Writer)
Whitehead, Phillip (Executive Producer)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Korea: The Unknown War; Many Roads to War,” GBH Archives, accessed June 25, 2024,
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APA: Korea: The Unknown War; Many Roads to War. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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