[KS] Event announcement: Nation Building in South Korea: Koreans, Americans, and the Making of a Democrac
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Wed Nov 14 13:57:57 EST 2007
The Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholar’s North Korea International Documentation
Project and the Institute for European Russian and Eurasian Studies at
George Washington University will co-host an event: “Nation Building in
South Korea: Koreans, Americans, and the Making of a Democracy.”
Tuesday, 4 December, 4:00 – 5:30
Center for Scholars
5th Floor Auditorium
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Featuring Gregg A. Brazinsky, Professor of History and International
Affairs at the George Washington University’s
Elliot School of International Affairs, and author of Nation
Building in South Korea: Koreans, Americans,
and the Making of a Democracy.
James Delaney, a career CIA officer and former CIA Station Chief in Seoul and Tokyo
during the 1980s. Mr. Delaney is currently a consultant for the Institute for
William W. Stueck Jr., Distinguished Research Professor of History at
the University of Georgia, and an authority on U.S. diplomatic
history, particularly American-Asian relations. Dr. Stueck is the author and
editor of many books, including Rethinking the Korean War: A New Diplomatic
and Strategic History.
The panelists will discuss Brazinsky’s new book “Nation
Korea: Koreans, Americans, and
the Making of a Democracy,” in which he explains why South Korea was
one of the few postcolonial nations that achieved rapid economic development
and democratization by the end of the twentieth century. He contends that a
distinctive combination of American initiatives and Korean agency enabled South Korea's
stunning transformation. Expanding the framework of traditional diplomatic
history, Brazinsky examines not only state-to-state relations, but also the
social and cultural interactions between Americans and South Koreans. He shows
how Koreans adapted, resisted, and transformed American influence and promoted
socioeconomic change that suited their own aspirations.
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