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Two Key Historical Moments of the Early 1960s: A Preliminary Reconsideration of 4.19 and 5.16

Two Key Historical Moments of the Early 1960s: A Preliminary Reconsideration of 4.19 and 5.16 Perspective Tw o Ke Historical Moments of the Earl 1960s : A Preliminar y y Reconsideration of 4.19 and 5.16 Woo Jin Yang South and North Korea appear now to have entered a new phase in their respective paths to modernity. Over the years, the two countries have pursued contrasting, but in some respects, similar, nationalist strategies to modernize themselves. The central feature of their strategies was nationalist mobilization of economic and social resources to bring about social change. This dynamic is now under dissolution in South Korea (hereafter, Korea). Gradual but steady democratization of Korean politics since the late 1980s-following years of successful economic development-ushered in a full-fledged modern state that caused the nationalist age beginning in the early 1960s, during which Korean society pursued the nationalist aim of building a modern nation. This success opened the way in the 19 90s for reflecting on the nationalist age. In the fields of history and social sciences, there has been recent interest in critical reassessments of the processes of nation-building and moderniza­ tion. Since the early 1990s, scholars have attempted to reevaluate the recent past, a trend that reflects the changing atmosphere of Korean society. With the collapse of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Studies Duke University Press

Two Key Historical Moments of the Early 1960s: A Preliminary Reconsideration of 4.19 and 5.16

Journal of Korean Studies , Volume 10 (1) – Sep 1, 2005

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Copyright © 2005 by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
ISSN
0731-1613
eISSN
2158-1665
DOI
10.1353/jks.2005.0008
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Perspective Tw o Ke Historical Moments of the Earl 1960s : A Preliminar y y Reconsideration of 4.19 and 5.16 Woo Jin Yang South and North Korea appear now to have entered a new phase in their respective paths to modernity. Over the years, the two countries have pursued contrasting, but in some respects, similar, nationalist strategies to modernize themselves. The central feature of their strategies was nationalist mobilization of economic and social resources to bring about social change. This dynamic is now under dissolution in South Korea (hereafter, Korea). Gradual but steady democratization of Korean politics since the late 1980s-following years of successful economic development-ushered in a full-fledged modern state that caused the nationalist age beginning in the early 1960s, during which Korean society pursued the nationalist aim of building a modern nation. This success opened the way in the 19 90s for reflecting on the nationalist age. In the fields of history and social sciences, there has been recent interest in critical reassessments of the processes of nation-building and moderniza­ tion. Since the early 1990s, scholars have attempted to reevaluate the recent past, a trend that reflects the changing atmosphere of Korean society. With the collapse of

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Journal of Korean StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2005

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