The Democratization Of South Korea

2129 Words Dec 4th, 2014 9 Pages
Kyle Borgman
Professor Porter
Global Democracy
1 December 2014
The Democratization of South Korea Long before the hustle and bustle of the big city, ages afore the creation of one of the world’s largest standing militaries, the Republic of South Korea was one of the farthest governments from a democracy. Following the Japanese occupation of World War Two, the South Korean government went through many different forms of authority. According to Jung Hae Gu, professor of Social Sciences at the University of Sung Kong Hoe in Korea, and Kim Ho Ki, professor of Sociology at Yonsie University in Korea, the Republic of Korea has so far went through a total of 6 different regime changes since the liberation from Japanese occupation (Hae Gu, Ho Ki). The shifts in government occurred under various regimes, Rhee Syng Man, Park Chung Hee, Chun Doo Hwan, and the June Uprising of 1987 (Hae Gu, Ho Ki). But the lead up to the democratization of South Korea has a more fluid past though, one of hardship and struggle, fluctuation between authoritarian regimes and military run governments. The pressures that caused the governments to change play a very vital role though too, they are the forces that shape the government and the ruling nature. The current ruling democracy was forged by the previous governments and deserves to be examined and discussed because they are obliviously the ones in charge right now. And lastly, the current military state of South Korea is to be reviewed. The…

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