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Historical Understanding In The Era Of Unification

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The Park Chung Hee syndrome, as a reflection of the historical consciousness of the Korean people, is both shameful and frightening. The Park era was particularly brutal in its repression of the popular aspiration for unification. The author has suggested what the character of historical understanding in the era of unification should be. The most urgent task for overcoming division-based statism and creating a new framework of broad-based historical understanding that can match the mood of the era of unification is the abrogation of the National Security Law (NSL). The study of modern and contemporary history is crucially significant to the unification-oriented historical understanding. The spirit of 'seeking truth from facts' is more relevant to the study of modern and contemporary history than any other period. The Korean War constitutes one of the most contentious questions that Cold War ideology or statism in the divided era has confronted.

Keywords: Cold War ideology; Korean society; National Security Law (NSL); Park Chung Hee era; unification policy



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