The Pillars of American Imperialism: Rationalizing U.S. Cold War Involvement in the Republic of Korea
Moon, William J.
Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal
Developmental economists refer to South Korea's economic "miracle" - contrary to North Korea's economic disaster - as a shining example that glorifies the ultimate victory of American capitalism. It is precisely that logic in which many people hasten to call direct U.S. interventions in third world nations during the Cold War a function of imperialism. After all, unlike the European model of imperialism, American involvement in Korea ultimately benefited both sides. The purpose of this paper is to uncover the truth, often covered under decades of Cold War rhetoric. For example, while Americans did not "colonize" Korea, Americans fundamentally altered the historical fate of Korea. It was precisely the State Department's paranoia of "Red Expansion" that triggered the division of Korea, which created a breeding ground for friction that would develop into one of the bloodiest armed conflicts in human history - The Korean War. In the end, it was the Koreans, among other citizens of the "hot" regions around the globe, who disproportionately paid the price for the Cold War.
Cold War -- Social aspects -- United States
Moon, WIlliam J. (2007). The Pillars of American Imperialism: Rationalizing U.S. Cold War Involvement in the Republic of Korea. Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal, 2(1).