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Modern Korea: two perspectives on its extraordinary ascent

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Consensual politics, justice, education and a competitive economy are the hall-marks of a happy nation. There is no country other than South Korea which has shown a meteoric advance along all of these goals over a period of just three decades, beginning with abject poverty in all four contexts.

We present our personal experiences on (a) the state of the social and political systems; (b) the rise of higher education and research. We hope to explain why other countries, the latest being Bahrain and Indonesia, look towards South Korea in order to emulate rapid development. The subjects will be described in the context of the sometimes tragic history of this divided nation.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Group series.

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