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5,000 years of history : Archaeology, nationalism, and politics in Korea

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  • 5,000 years of history
  • Kim, Christopher F.
  • Brown University


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Title 5,000 years of history
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Archaeology, nationalism, and politics in Korea

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Kim, Christopher F.

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[Providence]:Brown University

Date 2013
Pages 33
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < International Politics
Holding Brown University

Abstract

Nowhere in the world does the past bear as much relevance to the present as in Northeast Asia, where archaeology is employed for nationalistic and political purposes, to construct national identities, build state legitimacy, and even press territorial claims. Korea presents a unique case study in understanding the intersection of nationalism, politics, and archaeology in a world of nation-states, not only for the high level of historical consciousness that permeates Korean society, but also the division of the nation into two states. Each state, North and South, has used the past to serve the present in different ways, despite having fundamentally similar aims: to assert the cultural individuality and historical independence of Korea from ideological and often military aggression from its larger neighbors, China and Japan. (The rest omitted)