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Nation Building in South Korea: Koreans, Americans, and the Making of a Democracy

Gregg A. Brazinsky


This book examines American nation building in South Korea during the Cold War. Marshaling a vast array of new American and Korean sources, it explains why South Korea was one of the few postcolonial nations to achieve rapid economic development and democratization by the end of the twentieth century. The book contends that a distinctive combination of American initiatives and Korean agency enabled South Korea's stunning transformation. On the one hand, the United States supported the emergence of a developmental autocracy that spurred economic growth in a highly authoritarian manner. On the o ... More

Keywords: nation building, South Korea, Cold War, economic development, democratization, autocracy, modernization, diplomatic history, cultural interactions, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831205
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807867792_brazinsky


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregg A. Brazinsky, author