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  • Postcolonial, Postwar, Cold War

    Christina Klein

    Chapter from the book: Klein, C. 2020. Cold War Cosmopolitanism: Period Style in 1950s Korean Cinema.


    The first of three historical chapters that explore the 1950s as a distinct period of Korean modernization. Korea in the 1950s was a post-colonial, postwar, and Cold War society, shaped by the legacies of Japanese colonialism, the effects of the Korean war and a large US military presence. Chapter charts how Syngman Rhee’s presidency was fueled by anti-communism and nationalism, and how US foreign aid funded modernization projects and supported policies aimed at the containment of communism and the integration of South Korea into Free Asia and the Free World. It discusses the waging of the cultural Cold War by the CIA-funded Asia Foundation, led by Robert Blum, and how it worked to inculcate a cosmopolitan worldview among Korean elites.

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    Klein, C. 2020. Postcolonial, Postwar, Cold War. In: Klein, C, Cold War Cosmopolitanism. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.85.b

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    Published on Jan. 21, 2020


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