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War in Korea & the European Debate
In 1950 the North Korean communists marched into South Korea. Britain, America and the UN stepped in to help the South Korean capitalists. The Russians stepped in on the North Korean side.

Meanwhile in Britain there was an election. The Labour Party scraped back in.

In 1950 Robert Schuman, the French foreign minister, presented what became known as the Schuman Plan for a European Coal and Steel Community. Britain declined to join in 1950

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  • George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin.
  • He went to London in 1871.
  • His writing was prolific although his first works were rejected by publishers.
  • He worked as a journalist for several newspapers and periodicals.
  • He became a very influential member of the Fabian Society and the philosophy of the developing Labour movement.
  • In 1898 he married an Irish heiress Charlotte Payne-Townshend.
  • After his marriage he began to concentrate more on playwriting and travelling.

did you know?
In 1950 the Soviet Union walked out of the UN when the Nationalist China delegate took the chair. They were not present therefore when the UN voted on whether to enter the war on behalf of South Korea and failed to cast a veto to prevent UN involvement.

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1945 Attlee becomes Prime Minister
World War II ends
1946 National Insurance Act is passed
National Health Act is passed
The United Nations is founded
1947 India becomes independent
1948 Gandhi is assassinated
1949 NATO is formed
Ireland become independent
1950 Korean War breaks out
1951 Churchill becomes Prime Minister
The Festival of Britain begins
1952 George VI dies
1953 Elizabeth II crowned
Hilary and Tensing climb Mount Everest
Death of Stalin
1955 Anthony Eden succeeds Churchill as Conservative Prime Minister

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