The Unfinished War

April 9, 2010 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Marilyn Young believes the Korean War was the Cold War era’s most significant conflict, even though it’s called “The Forgotten War” and historically has been overshadowed by World War II and the Vietnam War. “The conflict, where more than 30,000 U.S. soldiers lost their lives, ended with an armistice, but officially Korea still is at war,” said Young, a professor of history at New York University. In her lecture “From the Korean War to Vietnam-American Foreign Policy in the 1950’s,” Young noted there are now 39,000 troops stationed in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. As part of the “Justice and Injustice in 1950s America” series at John Jay College, Prof. Young, author of “The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990,” discussed how actions by the U.S. and the Soviet Union to divide the country in 1945, without consulting the Koreans themselves, led to years of civil and international conflict. Listen Now >>