Korea's Development Under Park Chung Hee by Hyung-A Kim
(Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) East Asian Series)

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Based on personal interviews with the principal policy-makers of the 1970s, Korea's Development under Park Chung-Hee examines how the president sought to develop South Korea into an independent, autonomous sovereign state both economically and militarily. Kim provides a new narrative in the complex task of exploring the paradoxical nature and effects of Korea's rapid development which maintains that any judgement of Park must consider his achievements in the socio-economic, cultural and political context in which they took place. Aspects of Park's government analyzed include:
*his abhorrence of Korea's reliance on the US presence
*the Korean model of state-guided industrialization
*Park's rapid development strategy
*the role of the ruling elites
*Park's clandestine nuclear development program
*the heavy chemical industrialisation of the 1970s
The prevailing popularity of Park in the eyes of the Korean public is significant and relevant to their acceptance of how their national development was achieved. This book tells that story while simultaneously recognizing the flaws in the process. With a great deal of material never before published, scholars of Korean politics and history at all levels will find this book a stimulating account of South Korea in the 1960s and 1970s.

About Hyung-A Kim

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Hyung-A Kim is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSRTAMS), University of Wollongong, Australia.
Published August 2, 2004 by Routledge. 301 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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