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“Prosthetic Memories”

Posted By Jonathan Dresner On 5/11/2009 @ 10:10 am In 1960s,1970s,General,Historiography,Memory,Military,Nationalism,Postwar | 1 Comment

Seungsook Moon at Japan Focus has an interesting historiographical essay about the contested life and legacy of Park Chung Hee, who led Korea through the 60s and 70s. The debate is particularly interesting because it parallels discourses which are ongoing in other post-dictatorial societies, including the debates about Stalin in Russia, Mao and Deng in China, Chiang Kaishek in Taiwan, etc. The history itself is fascinating, though I do wish Moon had spent a little more effort mediating some of the factual basis for the competing narratives.


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