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From Hot War to ColdThe U.S. Navy and National Security Affairs, 1945–1955$
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Jeffrey G. Barlow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756662

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756662.001.0001

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Deciding to Fight

Deciding to Fight

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(p.280) Chapter 14 Deciding to Fight
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From Hot War to Cold
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756662.003.0015

This chapter focuses on the Truman administration's decision to counter North Korea's invasion of the South by inserting U.S. forces into combat on the Korean peninsula. The decision flew in the face of administration actions that not only had limited the geographic scope of American interests in Asia but also were reducing the ability of the U.S. military to respond to such crises. It thus is not surprising that President Truman's choice to react with military force in Korea engendered profound and lasting changes in America's Cold War strategy.

Keywords:   Korean War, North Korea, South Korea, Korean policy, President Truman, U.S. forces, Korean peninsula, combat

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