The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea

The Park Chung Hee Era The Transformation of South Korea In South Korea was mired in poverty By 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 tra

  • Title: The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea
  • Author: Byung-Kook Kim Ezra F. Vogel Chang Jae Baik Jorge I. Domínguez Yong-Sup Han Sung Gul Hong Paul D. Hutchcroft Hyug Baeg Im
  • ISBN: 9780674072312
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 OctobeIn 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.

    One thought on “The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea”

    1. The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea, is a series of essays covering various topics on the political climate in South Korea during the reign of autocratic leader Park Chung Hee. Park took power in the early 1960's in a military backed coup, and set about consolidating his power over the South Korean state. He used economic reform, and a divide and conquer strategy to pacify the public and remove any obstacles to his own power. The book covers a variety of topics in Park's So [...]

    2. The Park Chung Hee Era is a spectacular, continuous collection of essays on the evolution of modern South Korea under its autocratic bellwether. This volume unites broad perspectives to cover many complex dimensions of Park's regime. Scholars and readers across disciplines will find an indispensable guide to Park Chung Hee and a detailed panorama of the political economy behind South Korea's ascent.The volume is split up into sections coinciding with the key themes of the Park Era--from internat [...]

    3. I must say, I haven't read the whole book, but those chapters I picked up, dealing with economics and Park's comparative analysis with other leaders, were very interesting and 'robust'. His (Park Chung Hee's) strategy of concentrating resources in the hands of a few companies, leveraging international relationships to get funding, maintaining a healthy competition between conglomerates, while at the same time giving them incentives to be bold and go for international markets worked very well. Th [...]

    4. Four stars for informational content; three for style. This was a densely written tome, some chapters read more or less fluidly than others. Lots of great information on many aspects of how Park's political system affected many aspects of Korean politics, economy, etc.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *