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1 The Chinese Civil War & the “Forgotten War”
Cold War Conflicts

2 Chinese Civil War Led by Mao Zedong Led by Chiang Kai-Shek
Communists Nationalists Led by Mao Zedong Relied on aid from the U.S.S.R. Highly motivated leadership and strong, well-trained guerilla army. Led by Chiang Kai-Shek Relied on aid from the U.S. (~$3 billion) Highly corrupt government Policies often did not merge with his party beliefs

3 Chinese Civil War The United States sends military aid, but does not commit troops. Despite attempts, we are unable to negotiate peace.

4 Chinese Civil War Republic of China People’s Republic of China

5 Chinese Civil War – Major Issues
Containment fails! “Domino effect”—Once one nation falls, they will all fall. The U.S. does not recognize the new Communist government in China. Has the U.S. government been infiltrated?

6 The Korean War Korea is split after WWII
Which conference gives Korea independence? 38th Parallel marks division between North Korea and South Korea North Korea = Commie South Korea = Democracy

7 The Korean War Surprise, surprise – North Korea is occupied by…

8 The Korean War North Korea invades South Korea in June 1950.

9 The Korean War General Douglas MacArthur counterattacks & forces the North Koreans to the Chinese border.

10 The Korean War China joins the fight & forces UN troops back to 38th parallel. MacArthur pushes Truman to wage full-scale war against China  Truman eventually fires MacArthur

11 Impact: The Forgotten War
The Korean War is a stalemate Costs $67 billion  leads to citizens supporting the Republican candidate in the 1952 election (Dwight D. Eisenhower) Increased fear of communist aggression (WE CAN’T EVEN BEAT THEM!)

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