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Industrialization and christianity : The twin engines

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Frame of Image ue of Japanese precedence less relevant, draws a clear line between positive and negative consequences of colonization, and establishes a common ground between the nationalist and post-nationalist perspectives. Furthermore, a theory that interprets modern Korean history in strictly political and economic terms fails to take into account the intangible aspects of the national development, such as national psychology, religion, and family culture. In the context of recent history, the dramatic expansion of Korean Christianity is of particular interest. It is argued that much as the Renaissance and Reformation worked as the twin engines propelling Western Europe into an era of novel scientific, economic, cultural, and spiritual development, so the how-to of technological and economic advancement – part of which was introduced via Japan – and Christianity served as the two driving forces behind the Korean modernization.
I. Introduction
Although Korea is a major international economic player, a debate about the origins of Korean capitalism, industrialization, and modernity is one of the hottest issues in contemporary Korean studies. Alice H. Amsden looked into the Korean “economic miracle” and recognized the country as an example of the “late-industrialized nations” that “catch up” with the world market leaders by means of “pure learning” instead of creating their own proprietary technology (Amsden, 2001). This notion of precedence and “exporting” industrialization to other nation


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Title Industrialization and christianity
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Sub Title

The twin engines

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Vassiliev, Konstantine

Publisher

Seoul:Korea University

Date 2005
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korea Review of International Studies:
Pages 24
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Industry and Technology < General
Social Development < General

Abstract

The issue at hand is the nature of Korean modernity and its sources. This study is an attempt to analyze the role of agents in the process of social change and compare it to the role of structural legacy of the Japanese colonialism. Recognition of the fact that Koreans acted as primary agents of modernization in their country both before and after the liberation makes the issue of Japanese precedence less relevant, draws a clear line between positive and negative consequences of colonization, and establishes a common ground between the nationalist and post-nationalist perspectives. Furthermore, a theory that interprets modern Korean history in strictly political and economic terms fails to take into account the intangible aspects of the national development, such as national psychology, religion, and family culture. In the context of recent history, the dramatic expansion of Korean Christianity is of particular interest. (The rest omitted)