Myth Of The 20th Century – Episode 22: Korea, The Never Ending War

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Adam Smith, Hans Lander, Nick Mason, Alex Nicholson, and Hank Oslo – joined by special guest Borzoi (@ByzantineSnake)

Notes:

On June 25th, 1950, North Korea invaded southwards across the 38th parallel in Soviet provided tanks and artillery – and in a matter of weeks swept to almost complete victory over the Korean peninsula. Only after a hastily convened UN resolution condemning the invasion and assemblage of a 16 nation coalition to organize in the southeastern redoubt of Pusan did UN forces hold the North Korean onslaught at bay. After America’s General MacArthur led a stunning landing behind enemy lines at Inchon to retake Seoul three months after the North’s invasion, the tide began to shift in favor of the South claiming full possession of Korea. Only when the Chinese intervened did the American force’s advance falter, and then retreat, to ultimately end in a bitter two year stalemate and armistice signed in 1953 that to this day still leaves the North and South divided by the 38th parallel – and officially in a state of war.

Timeline:

1905- Korea made into a protectorate of Japanese Empire, following end of Russo-Japanese War
1910- Korea made into a formal colony of the Japanese Empire
1945, July- Result of the Postdam Conference is the splitting of Korean Peninsula along the 38th Parallel
1945, August 15- Japan surrenders to Allies
1947, March 12- Truman Doctrine announced, pledging US aid to nations threatened by Communists
1948, May- Syngman Rhee elected South Korea’s first president.
1948, August- Republic of Korea pronounced as independent
1948, September- Democratic People’s Repubic of Korea pronounced as independent, with Kim Il-Sung as its leader.
1950, January 12- Dean Acheson declares US-Pacific defensive perimeter as limited to Japan and the Philippines.
1950, June 25- North Korea launches invasion of South Korea, overwhelming US and RoK troops.
1950, September 15- Inchon Landing
1950, October 20- US troops reach outskirts of Pyongyang, DPRK
1950, October- People’s Republic of China officially enters the Korean War
1950, November 27- UN/US orces surrounded by PRC forces and Battle of Chosin Reservoir begins.
1951, February 1- Peace talks begin
1951, April- General Douglas MacArhur fired by President Truman.
1951, September 13- The Battle of Heartbreak Ridge begins, victory achieved by US/UN one month later.
1952, November 4- Dwight Eisenhower elected POTUS
1953, March- Stalin dies
1953, July 27- Korean War Armistice reached.
1953, October- Panmunjon talks fail
1954, April- Geneva Talks fail; 38th Parallel left in place.

References:

– The Korean War: Fire and Ice, History Channel (1999)
– The Coldest War, Halberstram (2008)
– The Cleanest Race, Reynolds (2010)
– North Korea snarls at Israel after defense chief calls Pyongyang ‘crazy’ – http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.786353

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4 Comments

  1. this has become my favorite podcast, love the amount of book recommendations! is this the only history podcast from an altright/nrx perspective? please let me know if there are more

  2. The “Roof Korean” narrative that the panel stated is a bit off the mark. While all the statements are probably true, the “Roof Korean” phenomenon sprung from the LAPD, during the LA Riots, pulling out of KoreaTown to protect other neighborhoods. In the absence of law, the Koreans formed a militia to protect their Neighborhood. It is much more an triumph of a people than the panel gave it credit.
    I believe that the meme has pervaded because it is a tribal/ethnocentric response to a common threat. A deracinated population could never quickly muster and organize forces like the Koreans did. And that sort of trust, to believe that the roof Korean above your shop will protect it while you are asleep, would be tough to find in the majority ethnic group. It is the dream, in which, the viewer recognizes that in a World without rule of law they are alone. A solitude through loss of tribal/ethnic identity.
    Otherwise, thanks great podcast! Bring that Borzoi Character back on again!

  3. I haven’t read “Cleanest Race” but my understanding is that the author levels all the blame on the Japanese, for the North’s ethnocentrism. Something tells me Koreans have always held such views (even if the Japanese did add a later influence), traditionally seeing themselves as a pure race of people born from the northern mountains.

  4. EdwardofArkansas July 6, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I can’t image anybody related to Social Matter playing Hearts of Iron IV. Props to y’all. I’d love to play a round of that with some minds.

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