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The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea

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In 1961 South Korea was mired in poverty. By 1979 it had a powerful industrial economy and a vibrant civil society in the making, which would lead to a democratic breakthrough eight years later. The transformation took place during the years of Park Chung Hee's presidency. Park seized power in a coup in 1961 and ruled as a virtual dictator until his assassination in October 1979. He is credited with modernizing South Korea, but at a huge political and social cost.

South Korea's political landscape under Park defies easy categorization. The state was predatory yet technocratic, reform-minded yet quick to crack down on dissidents in the name of political order. The nation was balanced uneasily between opposition forces calling for democratic reforms and the Park government's obsession with economic growth. The chaebol (a powerful conglomerate of multinationals based in South Korea) received massive government support to pioneer new growth industries, even as a nationwide campaign of economic shock therapy-interest hikes, devaluation, and wage cuts-met strong public resistance and caused considerable hardship.

This landmark volume examines South Korea's era of development as a study in the complex politics of modernization. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources in both English and Korean, these essays recover and contextualize many of the ambiguities in South Korea's trajectory from poverty to a sustainable high rate of economic growth.

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In 1961 South Korea was mired in poverty. By 1979, it had a powerful industrial economy and a vibrant civil society that led to democracy eight years later. This volume examines the transformation as a study in the politics of modernization, contextualizing many historical ambiguities in South Korea's trajectory toward sustainable economic growth.

About the Author

Byung-Kook Kim is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Korea University.Ezra F. Vogel is Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, at Harvard University and former Director of Harvard's Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and the Harvard University Asia Center.Jorge I. Domínguez is Antonio Medero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics, Harvard University.

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9780674072312
Author:
Kim, Byung-kook
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
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Hong, Sung Gul
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Im, Hyug Baeg
Author:
Baik, Chang Jae
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Lee, Youngjo
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nguez, Jorge I.
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Lee, Nae-Young
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Jun, Byung-joon
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Han, Yong-Sup
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Myu
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Dom
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Lee, Jung-Hoon
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Kim, Hyung-A
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Lew, Seok-jin
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Kim, Byung-Kook
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Park, Gil-Sung
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Rhyu, Sang-young
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Moon, Chung-In
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Author:
Noble, Gregory W.
Author:
Kim, Eun Mee
Author:
Dominguez, Jorge I.
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Jorge I. Dom
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Kim, Joo Hong
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Park, Myung-Lim
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Kim, Taehyun
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Vogel, Ezra F.
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nguez
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Hutchcroft, Paul D.
Author:
Lee, Min Yong
Author:
Kim, Yong-Jick
Author:
ng-Lim Park
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Korea
Subject:
World History-Korea
Subject:
Social Science : Developing & Emerging Countries
Subject:
History, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Business & Economics-Development - Economic Development
Subject:
Political Science : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130311
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 tables
Pages:
744
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Social Science » Developing Countries
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Korea

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