IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(3): 229-232 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.352

Just War or Not: A Reassessment of the Korean War

Hoeun Choi
Abstract—The Korean War holds a significant place in the history of modern Korea. However, because it was a highly political and ideological conflict, it has been difficult to assess its true nature in a more-balanced, less-biased manner; both North and South Korea have argued for each side regarding the justness of the war. By reassessing the historical question of “Was the Korean War a just war?” this paper attempts to redefine the just-or-not question, since such a narrow viewpoint does not allow the forgotten parts of the Korean War to be revealed. By applying the just war theory and reassessing historical facts from a more historical perspective, this paper shows how unjust elements existed in both Koreas during the Korean War. Following demonstrations, this paper further suggests that it is more important and even necessary to consider wider perspectives and more historical factors in order to assess this major historical event from a more balanced viewpoint.

Index Terms—Historiography, history, Korea, Korean War.

Hoeun Choi is with the Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies, Korea (e-mail: isakhe@hanmail.net).

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Cite: Hoeun Choi, " Just War or Not: A Reassessment of the Korean War," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 229-232, 2014.

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