Based on personal interviews with the principal policy-makers of the 1970s, Korea's Development under Park Chung-Hee examines how the president sought to develop South Korea into an independent, autonomous sovereign state both economically and militarily. Kim provides a new narrative in the complex task of exploring the paradoxical nature and effects of Korea's rapid development which maintains that any judgement of Park must consider his achievements in the socio-economic, cultural and political context in which they took place. Aspects of Park's government analyzed include:
*his abhorrence of Korea's reliance on the US presence
*the Korean model of state-guided industrialization
*Park's rapid development strategy
*the role of the ruling elites
*Park's clandestine nuclear development program
*the heavy chemical industrialisation of the 1970s
The prevailing popularity of Park in the eyes of the Korean public is significant and relevant to their acceptance of how their national development was achieved. This book tells that story while simultaneously recognizing the flaws in the process. With a great deal of material never before published, scholars of Korean politics and history at all levels will find this book a stimulating account of South Korea in the 1960s and 1970s.

chapter |10 pages


part I|55 pages

Road to Military Revolution

chapter 1|26 pages


A colonized soldier

chapter 2|27 pages

The Eve of the Military Coup

Intellectual debate on national reconstruction

part II|64 pages

Military Rule and Nation-Building

chapter 3|25 pages

The Military Junta

A quest for legitimacy and control

chapter 4|16 pages

The Leap Forward

Alliance with the USA

chapter 5|21 pages

Global Change

The nation in transition, 1968–72

part III|72 pages

All-Out Reform

chapter 6|15 pages

Saemaŭl Movement

From top-down rural development to Yusin reform

chapter 7|17 pages

The Yusin State

chapter 9|15 pages

Military Modernization 1974–9

part IV|19 pages

Conclusion: The Legacy of the Park Era

chapter 10|17 pages


The legacy of the Park era