Toward Normalizing U.S.--Korea Relations: In Due Course?

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TRACING
U. S.-KOREA ABNORMALITY

THE HISTORY OF U. S.-KOREA RELATIONS IS COMPLEX. THIS chapter addresses one theme in that history, namely, the ways in which U. S. policy has coped with Korean aspirations for independence. Three chronological facets of that theme are surveyed: key events prior to the end of World War II, the period between the end of that war and the Korean War truce, and the post—Korean War era through the end of the Cold War.


Origins of U. S.-Korea Abnormality

In keeping with the concept of seeking to normalize U. S.-Korea relations, it is worthwhile to define normality and to ascertain whether it has ever been characteristic of U. S.-Korea relations. In 1982 many U. S. and South Korean scholars commemorated the one-hundredth anniversary of U. S.-Korea diplomatic relations. 1 This proved to be an awkward event for a number of reasons, stemming in part from the four-decadelong Japanese interregnum that disrupted a century of U. S.-Korea ties. Yet another cause of mutual unease was the glaring reality that the last third of the century being commemorated—embodying the period of the U. S.-ROK relationship—ignored the northern half of the Korean nation. But perhaps most mortifying was the inescapable truth that the formal phase of U. S.-Korea diplomacy began under the cloud of Western imperial inroads into Asia. To be sure, the United States in the 1870s and early 1880s was far from being a leading player in Western imperialism. Instead, the United States might best be perceived as a free-rider on the

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Notes x
  • 1 - In Due Course: a Vague Paradigm 1
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  • 2 - Tracing U. S.-Korea Abnormality 7
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  • 3 - Reinvigorating “due Course” in the Post—cold War Era 39
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  • 4 - Asia's Role in Shaping Korea's “due Course” 81
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  • 5 - Implementing a New U. S. Policy 105
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  • 6 - Conclusion: How? When? 137
  • Selected Bibliography 139
  • Index 143
  • About the Book 148
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