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The Teaching Of Contemporary Korean History For National Unity

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History and the cultural environment, along with language and lineage are important elements in the formation of a nation. Furthermore, the Korean nation is characterized by strong homogeneity, due to the fact that its history unfolded within a stable frontier over a long period of time. The teaching of contemporary Korean history plays a pivotal role in the education, intended for the construction of democratic society and the achievement of national unification. Students should be given a balanced and accurate understanding of the issues and themes related to the construction of a democratic society. They should be taught how the governments of Rhee Syngman and the succeeding military junta of Park Chung Hee and Chun Doo-Hwan acted in the most authoritarian ways and how they brutally suppressed the basic principles of liberal democracy and human rights.

Keywords: human rights; Korean history; liberal democracy; national unification; Park Chung Hee; Rhee Syngman



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