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The Answers: North Korea by Jeremy Kourdi

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The divide that exists on the Korean peninsula is as much a legacy of the Japanese colonial era (1910–45) as it is the last serious hot spot of the subsequent Cold War confrontation. Just as the Korean War saw China and the USA battle over their projected internationalist ideologies of Communism versus Capitalism, Koreans themselves engaged in a fratricidal conflict with its roots buried in more than half a century of social upheaval.

Imperial Japanese ascendency became a reality in Korea following the 1895 defeat of Qing-dynasty China in the First Sino-Japanese War, fought largely on the peninsula itself. Japan went on to defeat Tsarist ...

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