Critical perspectives on religions - especially Christianity - in the development of South Korea post-1945

Kirsteen Kim

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    Abstract

    Under Japanese colonialism from 1910, Communism and Christianity emerged in Korea offering alternative, and mutually antagonistic, ideals for nationalists and for post-colonial development. Broadly speaking, after the liberation from Japan in 1945, the north emerged as a type of Communist state and the south as a right-leaning capitalist state oriented to the West and soon to be followed by the Korean War (1950-1953). This chapter contributes to understanding the relationship between religions and global development by showing how in this context Christianity played a highly significant role the development of South Korea. It will also offer some reasons why Korea’s other religions have had less observable impact on development over this period.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Religions and Global Development
    EditorsEmma Tomalin
    PublisherRoutledge
    Pages250-265
    ISBN (Print)978-0415836364
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2015

    Keywords

    • Korea
    • Religions
    • Development
    • Christianity

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