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Discussion on the reconstruction of national culture under U.S military governance

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2008, (89), pp.119-158
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

Sangdo Han 1

1건국대학교

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ABSTRACT

It was the founding of the independent nation and the reconstruction of national culture that were the most urgent task in the years of US military governance. It was required ahead of all for rehabilitation of national culture, to overcome vestiges of Japanese colonization and of feudalism. The Reconstruction of national culture would have been the exclusive and extremely nationalistic, If the final object was to liquidate the vestiges of colonization. It was, however, expected to surmount cliquism and ultra nationalism, harbored in the theory of elimination of colonial remnants, through comprehending world culture on the ground of rediscovering the value of tradition. Furthermore, It was emphasized to secure international position by restoring national culture to be world culture. Cultivating ability for the flexible international political environment must have been recognized with great importance, to be a portion of world culture. Also, national culture, which would be revived, was perceived not to be solely possessed to some classes, but be public and open. Accordingly, movement for restoration of the national culture was hoped to be pushed on methodically with nationalㆍ social accord, in the long term. By the way the founding of the independent nation footing stroke the realities even before the end of the clearance of colonization. It came to be impossible to do liquidation of bygones in rational approach, and brought about the lost of vision for reviving national culture besides. That means, the movement for restoration of national culture could not be free from the theory of power in international politics.

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