One Hundred Years of Korean-American Relations, 1882-1982

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Transition and Continuity in American-Korean Relations in the Postwar Period

Robert T. Oliver

The relationship of the United States and the Republic of Korea following Pearl Harbor illustrates how a continuing policy is subject to recurrent transitional shocks. Essentially, the friendship expressed by America toward Korea in earlier periods has not only continued, but has been manifested through significant diplomatic, economic, and military measures. In the immediate postwar period, this relationship became much more complex than in the period immediately preceding ( 1905-45), which, as Professor Kang has shown, was unofficial yet friendly, carried on by American missionaries.

The Republic of Korea was established by U.S. initiative. The invasion from the north was beaten back under American leadership. Devastated South Korea was rehabilitated largely with American economic aid. South Korea, on the other hand, has done more than its share as a bastion of defense against further Communist advance in Northeast Asia. It has developed sufficient economic, diplomatic, and military resources to be a valuable ally. The bonds between the two countries are closely knit;

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