Written by Joong- Seok Seo, an eminent Korean historian and a thinker of rare originality, this book examines the tumultuous history of modern Korea from the perspective of nationalism. Based on the author’s extensive research and wide-ranging experience, the book goes to the heart of critical questioning about the political uses and abuses of nationalism by the ruling elites of post-liberation Korea. Indeed,
Korean Nationalism Betrayed fills a yawning gap in the Western understanding of the authoritarian political structure of South Korea (1948-1988) that manipulated and distorted nationalism by identifying it with ultra-right anti-communism. The author provides a set of thought-provoking and compelling arguments against the assumptions of the Cold War, attributing the continued climate of tension and antagonism between the two Koreas to the tenacity of a Cold War mind-set. He traces the root of the tragedy of national division to the failure of Korean nationalism, and puts forward a compelling case for overcoming the legacy of polarized ideological stance, based on Cold War ideology and embracing a policy of reconciliation and cooperation by both sides.
Joong-Seok Seo is Senior Professor at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.
Do-Hyun Han is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology,. Academy of Korean Studies, Seoul.
Pankaj N. Mohan is a Lecturer in Korean/Asian Studies, Department of Japanese and Korean Studies, University of Sydney.
Table of contents
Preface to the English Edition; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Historical Understanding in the Era of Unification; 2 National Question and the State in Korea: Focusing on the Bourgeois Class and the Ruling Elite; 3 The System of National Division; 4 Form of Existence and Structural Character of Pro-Japanese Collaborators; 5 Right-Wing Nationalism and the National United Front in South Korea in the Post-Liberation Era; 6 Rhee Syngman's Theory of Unification by Northward Advance; 7 Structural Crisis in North and South Korea and the Path of Korean Nationalism; Appendix: The Teaching of Contemporary Korean History for National Unity; Index