Reassessing the Park Chung Hee Era, 1961-1979: Development, Political Thought, Democracy, and…

Paperback | October 14, 2011

EditorHyung-A Kim, Clark W. Sorensen

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The Republic of Korea achieved a double revolution in the second half of the twentieth century. In just over three decades, South Korea transformed itself from an underdeveloped, agrarian country into an affluent, industrialized one. At the same time, democracy replaced a long series of military authoritarian regimes. These historic changes began under President Park Chung Hee, who seized power through a military coup in 1961 and ruled South Korea until his assassination on October 26, 1979. While the state's dominant role in South Korea's rapid industrialization is widely accepted, the degree to which Park was personally responsible for changing the national character remains hotly debated. This book examines the rationale and ideals behind Park's philosophy of national development in order to evaluate the degree to which the national character and moral values were reconstructed.

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The Republic of Korea achieved a double revolution in the second half of the twentieth century. In just over three decades, South Korea transformed itself from an underdeveloped, agrarian country into an affluent, industrialized one. At the same time, democracy replaced a long series of military authoritarian regimes. These historic ch...

Hyung-A Kim is associate professor of Korean politics at the Australian National University, and author of Korea's Development under Park Chung Hee: Rapid Industrialization, 1961-1979. Clark W. Sorensen is director of the Center for Korean Studies, University of Washington, and author of Over the Mountains Are Mountains: Korean Peasa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 9.01 × 6.03 × 0.53 inPublished:October 14, 2011Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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Overall, it provides a rich source of information on a variety of issues that are well explored. It can be used by students and scholars to simply understand the economic and political dynamics of South Korea during an authoritarian time, and can also be put in a comparative perspective with other Asian countries that went through similar political and economic developmental processes." - Sooh-Rhee Ryu - Asian Studies Review - 2013