Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Nation Building in South KoreaKoreans, Americans, and the Making of a Democracy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Gregg A. Brazinsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831205

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867792_brazinsky

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CSO for personal use (for details see http://www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 November 2017

Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Nation Building in South Korea
Author(s):

John Lewis Gaddis

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807867792_brazinsky.4

This book focuses on the United States's nation-building efforts in South Korea during the Cold War, especially in the period between 1945 and 1972. It examines how South Korea emerged as a wealthy democracy at the end of the twentieth century, even though the prospects for establishing stable, democratic institutions were initially bleak. The book considers how America approached the task of nation building in South Korea and how it helped the latter make a dramatic turnaround from being an indigent, despotic nation at the time of the Korean War. It argues that the agency of South Koreans complemented American nation building and that Korea's colonial past also played a role in U.S. efforts to transform its culture. The book suggests that the evolution of South Korea from autocracy to democracy, along with its success in achieving economic growth, became possible because the Koreans were able to adapt to American institutions and ideas, and tailor them to their own purposes.

Keywords:   nation building, South Korea, Cold War, democracy, Korean War, autocracy, economic growth

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .