The Two Koreas and the Great Powers

The Two Koreas and the Great Powers

by Samuel S. Kim
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521660637

ISBN-13: 9780521660631

Pub. Date: 06/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores Korea's place in terms of multiple levels and domains of interaction pertaining to foreign-policy behaviors and relations with the four regional/global powers (China, Russia, Japan, and the United States). The synergy of global transformations has now brought to an end Korea's proverbial identity and role as the helpless shrimp among whales, and

Overview

This book explores Korea's place in terms of multiple levels and domains of interaction pertaining to foreign-policy behaviors and relations with the four regional/global powers (China, Russia, Japan, and the United States). The synergy of global transformations has now brought to an end Korea's proverbial identity and role as the helpless shrimp among whales, and both North Korea and South Korea have taken on new roles in the process of redefining and projecting their national identities. Synthetic national identity theory offers a useful perspective on change and continuity in Korea's turbulent relationships with the great powers over the years. Following a review of Korean diplomatic history and competing theoretical approaches, along with a synthetic national-identity theory as an alternative approach, one chapter each is devoted to how Korea relates to the four powers in turn, and the book concludes with a consideration of inter-Korean relations and potential reunification.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521660631
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents


List of Tables and Figures     xi
Preface     xiii
Introduction: Korea and the Great Powers in a Changing World     1
The Three Koreas Revisited     1
Korean Identity in the Regional Environment Old and New     7
Theoretical Perspectives on Korea-Great Power Relations     15
National Identity Redefined and Applied     27
Structure of the Book     38
China and the Two Koreas     42
The China Factor     42
Weight of the Past     47
The Making of a Triangular Relationship     52
New Challenges of the Beijing-Seoul-Pyongyang Triangle     63
Conclusion     97
Russia and the Two Koreas     102
The Russia Factor     102
Weight of the Past     109
The Making of a Triangular Relationship     117
New Challenges of the Moscow-Seoul-Pyongyang Triangle     121
Conclusion     154
Japan and the Two Koreas     157
The Japan Factor     157
Weight of the Past     166
New Challenges of the Tokyo-Seoul-Pyongyang Triangle     174
Conclusion     222
The United States and the Two Koreas     225
The U.S. Factor     225
Weight of the Past     234
New Challenges of the Washington-Seoul-Pyongyang Triangle     242
Conclusion     292
The Future of the Two Koreas     296
Bringing Future Studies Back In     297
In, Of, and By the Collapsist Scenario     302
Alternative "Futurible" Scenarios     307
Toward Synergistic Interactive Explanations     314
Will the Two Koreas Become One?     357
References     361
Index     395

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