The Korean War: The Frontiers Between Communist and Capitalist Countries

2023 Guides - Theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas
Konovalov, V. Cartoon. 20 Feb. 1951: 1. Accessed August 13, 2022.

Cartoon from Russian satirical magazine, Krokodil depicts white banner with the word, "Peace"  while the bottom panel depicts American holding rolled document with the words, "Plan of War." Konovalov, V. Cartoon. 20 Feb. 1951: 1. The Korean War, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Web access 13 August 2022.  

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Example Keywords & Catalog Subject Headings

Korean Conflict
Korean War
Forgotten War
Cold War
North Korea, see also Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
North Korean People's Army (NKPA)
South Korea, see also Republic of Korea (ROK)
South Korean Army (ROKA)
China, see also People’s Republic of China (PRC), 1949-present
China, see also Republic of China (POC) 1912-1945
Soviet Union, see also Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) 1922 to 1991
United States
United Nations, see also United Nations Security Council
Military government
Nuclear arms race
Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), see also Kim, Il-sŏng
Occupation of P’yongyang (1950)
Provisional Military Advisory Group (PMAG)
38th Parallel
Temporary Commission on Korea (UNTCOK)
Treaty of San Francisco (1951)
United States-Japanese Security Treaty (1951)
Military Armistice Commission (MAC)
Korean Armistice Agreement , see also Armistice Agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State (1953)

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Internet Sources

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Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum is administered by National Archives and Records Administration. This link includes 275 digitized documents pertaining to the Korean War and personnel including the firing of General Douglas MacArthur.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is administered by National Archives and Records Administration. This link includes digitized documents pertaining to the Korean War Armistice and post-Armistice period.
The Wilson Center is a nonpartisan, independent research center advocating for the release of historical materials by governments on all side of the Cold War. This link is for the material available in their digital archive.
This website of visual primary sources designed for students and educators was produced by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.
Meta search for Korean History administered by National Library of Korea. Includes digitized History of the United States Army Forces in Korea, Parts I-V, documents relating to the United Nations Provisional Commission on Korea, Military Armistice Commission, and declassified U.S. Department of State documents. English translation available.
United States military history of Korean War including timeline and infographic posters.

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