Bitesize has changed! We're updating subjects as fast as we can. Visit our new site to find Bitesize guides and clips - and tell us what you think!
Print

History

The Korean War

Source analysis

Source A

"Of the 16 countries contributing forces, the USA provided 50 per cent of land forces, 93 per cent of air forces, 86 per cent of naval forces. The UN gave the USA unlimited authority to direct military operations. US president Truman, not the UN, appointed General MacArthur as commander-in-chief of UN forces. MacArthur reported to the US President and took orders from him. The war threatened to become one between the USA and China. The USA even considered using nuclear weapons against China."

James Mason with Angela Leonard, Modern World History to GCSE (2001)

Source B

This drawing by the British cartoonist David Low, published in the Daily Herald on 30 June 1950, shows Truman and the United Nations rushing to Korea's aid.

a cartoon illustration where the League of Nations is depicted as a grave as President Truman and the UN leap over it

A cartoon by David Low

Question

Use your knowledge of the facts to decide whether Sources A and B agree or disagree about America's involvement in the Korean War?

toggle answer

Answer

Source A stresses the leading role played by the Americans. It infers that the Korean War was an American war against communism.

Source B shows the war as military action by the United Nations (carrying the gun), helped by Truman.

Back to The Cold War index

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.