Korean War

Introduction

A postcolonial civil war between Korean political factions that began in 1945, the Korean War became an international struggle in June 1950. The conventional war ended with an armistice in July 1953, with Korea divided. A Communist government under Kim Il Sung (1912-1994) ruled on one side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ), and an authoritarian, capitalist regime under Syngman Rhee (1875-1965) on the other. The war gave a global dimension to the Cold War by introducing American troops into Asia. The cost in lives made the war one of the worst since 1945: three million Korean civilian and military deaths (out of thirty million Koreans), one million Chinese soldiers, and about thirty-eight thousand battlefield deaths for the American and non-Korean military personnel of United Nations Command (UNC).

Source: The Reader's Companion to Military History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. s.v. "Korean War," http://www.credoreference.com/entry/5800637/. (accessed March 12, 2009).

Collections

The Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository contains the collections listed below pertaining to the Korean War, 1950-1953. To browse all Korean War materials in the DMR click here.

Cantigny Oral Histories

Cantigny First Division Oral Histories

The Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository features the Cantigny First Division Oral Histories collection, whose holdings include forty high definition oral history interviews and transcripts conducted in 2008.

Other Side of Middletown Photographs

Other Side of Middletown Photographs

The Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository features the Other Side of Middle Photographs collection whose holdings include 150 digital images, illustrating the history of the life and achievements of African Americans in Muncie and Delaware County through photographs donated by members of the community.

Eleanor Roosevelt Speech Collection

Middletown Digital Oral Histories

The Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository features the the Middletown Digital Oral Histories, whose holdings include audio oral histories and transcripts ranging from 1972 to 2006. These oral histories describe local historic events as well as veteran accounts.

Spurgeon-Greene Photographs

Spurgeon-Greene Photographs

The Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository features the Spurgeon-Green Photographs collection, whose holdings almost 3,000 images dating from the 1930s to the 1970s.

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