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Nation Building in South KoreaKoreans, Americans, and the Making of a Democracy$
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Gregg A. Brazinsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831205

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867792_brazinsky

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Engaging South Korean Intellectuals

Engaging South Korean Intellectuals

(p.163) 6 Engaging South Korean Intellectuals
Nation Building in South Korea

John Lewis Gaddis

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines how the United States managed its relationship with South Korea's intellectuals, a group that it considered most vital to economic development and the future of democracy in the country. It looks at how modernization became an important basis for dialogue between the state and democratic elites about the nation's future. The chapter suggests that elites such as scholars and journalists were forced to either abandon their ambitions for democratic modernization or side with the state as the latter leaned more and more towards autocracy. It describes how the civilian elites cultivated by the United States in some instances became the vanguard of resistance to Yusin.

Keywords:   elites, United States, intellectuals, economic development, democracy, modernization, scholars, journalists, autocracy, Yusin

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