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Structural Crisis In North And South Korea And The Path Of Korean Nationalism

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This chapter discusses the spiritual and cultural crisis by analysing the Korean characteristics of the Cold War regime and of ultra-right anti-communism and the issue of pro-Japanese collaboration. It considers how to establish the identity of the nation in the national crisis and how to establish a new community, even though the solution might remain at an elementary level. The constraints of national division and the failure of the nation to purge pro-Japanese collaborators, the polarized structure of the Cold War and the ultra-right anti-communist institutions may be cited as some of the major causes of South Korea's faint national consciousness and the very dim flame of its nationalism. They are also inseparably intertwined with either the absence of or the distortion and decline of traditional values. From a cultural and spiritual point of view the national consciousness of South Korea could be likened to that of the colonial period.

Keywords: Cold War regime; colonial period; cultural crisis; Korean nationalism; pro-Japanese collaboration; spiritual problems



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