Korea and the Imperialists: In Search of a National Identity

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AuthorHouse, 2009 - 448 psl.
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KOREA AND THE IMPERIALISTS Until the Korean War in 1950, except for evangelist Christian missionaries, Americans were not interested in Korea or considered it important in the scheme of things. Many did not know Korea had existed as an independent kingdom for centuries and others thought Korea might be a part of China or Japan. Nationalism, geopolitics, and imperialism were the major determinants of international events in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Greed and racism were the prime motivators of imperialism and non-White societies of the world were the victims. Korea was one of many countries that was invaded and made a "sphere of influence." With the support of America and Britain, Japan destroyed Korea's traditional national identity and made Korea a colony in the Japanese Empire. It was the perfect example of how imperialism profoundly affected the social, economic, and political life of countries subjugated by imperialist powers. After World War II, Korea was not granted independence because the Americans did not believe Koreans were capable of self-government. Korea was divided into two military occupation zones, resulting in the creation of a Russian and an American satellite state. In an effort to unite Korea, North Korea invaded South Korea. The U.S., China, and the two Korean states fought a meaningless war and Korea remains divided. Who are the Koreans? Why are there two Koreas? What is Korea's national identity? What role does imperialism and racism play in the destruction of national identities? Hopefully, this brief history of Korea and the Imperialists will provide some answers.
 

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NationStates Nationalism Imperialism
1
Traditional Korea
15
Nineteenth Century Imperialists
44
The Progressives
73
The Imperialists Treaties
103
Revolutionaries in Exile
129
The Japanese Imperialists
155
In Due Course
179
The Soviet Imperialists
252
The Soviet Satellite State
269
The Korean War
283
The Republic of Korea
312
The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
333
In Summary
354
Footnotes
363
Bibliography
397

The American Imperialists
205
The American Satellite State
223

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