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Throughout most of its history Korea has existed as one country with a rich culture and history Then in the 1940s Korea was controlled by Japan World War II broke out and the Allies defeated the Axis powers The country of Korea was divided into two parts -- the north and the south The north was occupied by communist Russian forces and the south by American troops The dividing line was the 38th parallelsee map In 1950 a civil war began between the two Koreas further separating them Both countries have since established totally different ways of life that include government economics and lifestyles As a result of all that has transpired and recent incidents it would appear to be highly improbable that there will be a united Korea in the near future The known history of Korea dates back thousands of years before Christ It was a nation with a common heritage language and ethnicity Due to Japans role in World War II and the fact that Japan had occupied Korea the country was divided Many Koreans had been displaced by Japanese colonization and others by the establishment of the 38th parallel border line Korea was not an axis power It is difficult to understand why Korea would have to be divided as was Germany At first Korea was supposed to be unified with a multilateral administration But the cold war changed the United States mission to unilateral containment of the spread of Soviet communism Supported by the Soviets North Korea attacked South Korea in June of 1950 The South Koreans pushed into North Korea with American aid But the Soviet Union helped the North Koreans to push the South Koreans back During the bitterly destructive Korean War the entire peninsula was devastated Some three million of its population were killed and more than ten million were left homeless and jobless History in modern
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