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Right-Wing Nationalism And The National United Front In Post-Liberation South Korea

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After the liberation of Korea in August 1945, political parties and political organizations mushroomed in South Korea. In the post-liberation era, political figures used terms and concepts such as bourgeois democratic revolution, democracy, nationalism, national united front and people's democracy either in an abstract way or in ways that suited them. This chapter covers the scope of right-wing nationalism and the notion of nationalism and the National United Front. It discusses the question as to the ways in which right-wing nationalist parties and organizations changed in three distinct phases: the period of Left-Right conflict, the period of the movement for Left-Right coalition and the period of the centralist line. The chapter attempts one to understand the trajectory of right-wing nationalism, focusing on such salient issues as the logic of participation in Left-Right coalition and attitudes towards progressive reforms, as well as towards the issue of pro-Japanese collaborators.

Keywords: bourgeois democratic revolution; Korea; National United Front; political parties; post-liberation era; pro-Japanese collaborators; right-wing nationalism



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