Korean Nationalism Betrayed by Sungkyunkwan University. Translated by Han Do-Hyun Academy

By Sungkyunkwan University. Translated by Han Do-Hyun Academy of Korean Studies, & Pankaj Mohan University of Sydney Seo Joong-Seok

Written via Joong- Seok website positioning, an eminent Korean historian and a philosopher of infrequent originality, this publication examines the tumultuous historical past of recent Korea from the viewpoint of nationalism. in keeping with the author's vast study and wide-ranging event, the booklet is going to the guts of serious wondering concerning the political makes use of and abuses of nationalism via the ruling elites of post-liberation Korea. certainly, "Korean Nationalism Betrayed" fills a yawning hole within the Western knowing of the authoritarian political constitution of South Korea (1948-1988) that manipulated and distorted nationalism by way of picking it with ultra-right anti-communism. the writer presents a suite of thought-provoking and compelling arguments opposed to the assumptions of the chilly struggle, attributing the continuing weather of hysteria and antagonism among the 2 Koreas to the tenacity of a chilly battle frame of mind. He strains the basis of the tragedy of nationwide department to the failure of Korean nationalism, and places ahead a compelling case for overcoming the legacy of polarized ideological stance, according to chilly struggle ideology and embracing a coverage of reconciliation and cooperation through each side.

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The Period of Japanese Colonial Rule The colonial administration was arguably the most formidable impediment to the formation of a modern nation and the development of a modern nation-state. Political oppression and the policies of racial assimilation and kominka involving the suppression and denial of Korean history, Korean language, Korean tradition and the consciousness of the Korean people, exerted immense influence on the national question and nationalism. Korea’s national consciousness, which can be traced to the latter half of the nineteenth century, was fused with the anti-Japanese sentiments of resistance and independence and led to the emergence of a stronger sense of national consciousness and nationalism.

He argued that the new approach must ensure that it covered the historical role of all the constituent elements of the nation. 28 In the latter book, he viewed the ‘Committee for the Preparation of Korean Independence’ as the starting point of the national unification movement. This analysis was naturally at odds with those who could not see beyond the statism of the divided era. This prompted me to organize a symposium at the time in which Kang Man-Gil, Jeong Chang-Nyeol (Chong Chang-Nyol) and Shin Yong-Ha participated.

The attitude of ‘thinking about the other’s position by changing sides’ is also equally valuable. In the 1990s, South Korea put forward proposals for the reunion of dispersed families, making much noise about North Korea’s obstructionist attitude. One must, however, recall that until the 1970s it was North Korea that mostly put forward such proposals. Before the Korean Broadasting System initiated a programme in the mid-1980s to locate family members separated in the two Koreas, the South Korean government adopted an inhuman and cold-blooded position in relation to this issue because of fear that it might dilute its anti-communist ideology and stance.

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