[KS] Talk at Library of Congress on U.S.-Korean Relations

Gregg Brazinsky baetuho at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 18 21:29:37 EST 2004

John W. Kluge Center
Resident Scholar Seminar Program

Kluge Fellow and Assistant Professor of History, The George Washington University
Dr. Gregg Brazinsky


"Nation Building and War: The United States and the Creation of the ROK Military"

During the Korean War the United States established a new South Korean military that had over 700,000 members by the end of the war.  Americans saw this military
establishment not only as a means of defending South Korea's security
but also as a mechanism for accelerating the political and economic development of the country.  In addition to training Korean officers in military techniques, American advisors sought to inculcate them with a sense of progressive nationalism that would turn them into nation builders par excellence.  Within a decade the military assumed a role in national politics that would have been unimaginable in the previous century of Korean history.

Wednesday -- March 31, 2004
2:30 p.m., LJ  - 119
Thomas Jefferson Building
Library of Congress

Request ASL and ADA accommodations five days in advance
at (202) 707-6362 or <ADA at loc.gov>

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