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National Question And State In Korea: Focusing On The Bourgeois Class And The Ruling Elite

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This chapter discusses the national question, nationalist consciousness and nationalism in relation to the orientation of the bourgeois or dominant class who placed top priority on economic modernization. The relationship between the national question and the economic modernization of the bourgeois or dominant class appears to have changed. Since the democratization struggles of June 1987, South Korea and the world have changed a lot. Unification movements and the campaign for correctly understanding North Korea have developed on a large scale. Negotiations and meetings between South and North Korea at the governmental level have improved considerably. Some South Korean companies have also commenced cautious investment in North Korea, their intentions, however, are suspect. In general, the character of Korean democracy and nationalism is becoming progressive with an unprecedented rapidity. Civil and democratic consciousness is on the right track, even though there may be some temporary setbacks.

Keywords: bourgeois class; economic modernization; Korean democracy; nationalism; Unification movements



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