Canada’s Reluctant Decision to Participate in the Korean War

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After World War II, the Canadian army was reduced to a size that could only defend Canada against intruders. Furthermore, Prime Minister Mackenzie King, strongly opposed the idea of Canada intervening in Pacific issues. Therefore, the reasons of Canadian participation in the Korean War became a profound question. The purpose of this investigation is to answer the focus question by drawing from five sources, each of which deals with the topic at hand. The five sources explained Canada’s decision to participate in the Korean War from various perspectives of Canadian diplomats and different historians. They revealed a Canada facing United States’ intimidation and pressure, the internal civil dissatisfaction and the global tension between communism and democracy in the context of the Cold War. It is important to answer the focus question because the Korean War was one of the significant battles at the beginning of the Cold War, defining Canadian’s stance with western democracy. Melady, John. Korea, Canada's Forgotten War. Toronto, Canada: Macmillan of Canada, 1983. Print. John Melady wrote Korea: Canada’s Forgotten War in 1983. John Melady was a Canadian freelance journalist and the author of two other historical books, including Explosion and Escape From Canada. The book, Korea: Canada’s Forgotten War, sought to inform the Canadians about the Korean War, which was an ignored past that actually held significant importance in Canadian history. This book contained many primary interviews and archives of Korean War veterans that reflected truthfully on the causes of Canada’s involvement in the Korean War, especially on the concerns of domestic pressure. It consisted of many detailed stories of Canadian soldier’s contribution in the Kore... ... middle of paper ... ...ure from both inside and outside. Works Cited Bercuson, David Jay. Blood on the Hills: The Canadian Army in the Korean War. Toronto: University of Toronto, 1999. Print. Granatstein, Jack L. "Canada’s Cold War." National Defense and The Canadian Force. Government of Canada, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. . Melady, John. Korea, Canada's Forgotten War. Toronto, Canada: Macmillan of Canada, 1983. Print. McDonough, David S. "Canada, Grand Strategy And The Asia-Pacific: Past Lessons, Future Directions." Canadian Foreign Policy (CFP) 18.3 (2012): 273. Canadian Points of View Reference Centre. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. Pearson, Lester B. The Four Faces of Peace. Toronto: McClelland, 1964. Print.

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