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which side gained the most in the korean war?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The Communists did, although the South has been kept free from Communist ideas, the North still has them firmly rooted into place, so technically, the Korean war was won by the Communists, not by the 18 nations under the banner of the U.N

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  • 1 decade ago

    To get the answer you have to know what each side was trying to achieve. The South wasn't being aggressive, they had no territorial ambitions, they wanted to develop a more industrial and richer society. The North wanted to overrun the South as part of the expansionism of communism in South East Asia.

    The war started when the North attacked the South and nearly overran it. By the time the UN troops arrived there was very little territory held by the South. The UN forces pushed the North back nearly to the Chinese border before the Chinese intervened by sacrificing huge numbers of peasants to push the UN back. The war ended where it began. The South turned from an agrarian society into an industrial one. They kept their territory and so achieved all their aims. The North failed in its only aim of overrunning the South. So, the clear strategic winner was the South. They got all they wanted and the North got nothing.

    Today we can see the clear winner by the state of the two economies. The South is booming and the North is still lagging far behind.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Chinese and North Koreans. Within months of Inchon, UN troops had all but overrun North Korea; then the Chinese entered the war, restored the status quo ante, and forced the UN into a draw over the next three years. Were it not for the Chinese entry into the war, Korea would have been reunified under Southern rule in 1950, and their economic ascent would have occurred much sooner than it did. As a result of the war, the Chinese became widely recognized as a military power.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No one. At the start of the truce the armies were right where they started. If you want to say who gained in the long run I would say the South it went from being the agrarian center of the peninsula to one of the major economic power houses in the world. The north got the opposite.

    But as for physical gains no one got any ground and there is still a state of war there to this day.

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    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    North Korea wants to take back what they had

    so it didn't really matter who gained the most.

    The same thing goes for all the wars which were *won*. Sure they won them, but there is bound to be another war for the repossesion of that land.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No one it was a stalemate.

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