The Evolving American Presidency

Reagan Faces Korea

Alliance Politics and Quiet Diplomacy

Authors: Lee, Chae-Jin

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  • Offers insights based on confidential diplomatic documents, especially in Korean, and interviews the author has conducted with US and Korean leaders over the years
  • Challenges the old stereotypical views on Reagan’s international outlook, and systematically advances a new, important, and definitive interpretation on Reagan’s nuanced, balanced, and sophisticated role in foreign relations
  • Provides a comparative perspective on leaders like US presidents (Nixon, Carter, Reagan), South Korean Presidents (Chun Doo Hwan and Roh Tae Woo), Secretaries of State, Assistant Secretaries of State, US Ambassadors and more.
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This is a unique and definitive study to reassess the complex dynamics of US-Korea diplomatic relations during the Reagan presidency. It examines the goals, methods, and legacy of Reagan’s policy toward Korea with emphasis on the realities of alliance politics and the tactics of quiet diplomacy. It questions a widely held view that Reagan showed simplistic, inattentive, and rigid approaches toward foreign affairs, arguing that his actual policy, as demonstrated in the Korea case, was more sophisticated, nuanced, and pragmatic than commonly assumed. Based on a vast amount of confidential diplomatic documents, especially in Korean, and interviews the author has conducted with US and Korean leaders, Lee sheds new light on Reagan's role in promoting democratization in South Korea as well as his engagement with North Korea.

About the authors

Chae-Jin Lee is Bank of America Professor of Pacific Basin Studies and Professor of Government (Emeritus) at Claremont McKenna College, USA.

Reviews

“Professor Chae-Jin Lee’s Reagan Faces Korea is an eye-opening page-turner. Anyone interested in South Korean history of the 1980s or U.S.-ROK relations cannot do without Lee’s objective and thoroughly documented work. It will stand as a classic for many years to come. I say that not only because of the book’s excellent quality, but because the 1980s was a turning point in South Korea’s transition to democracy. It required a scholar like Professor Chae-Jin Lee to cover it.” (Chong-Sik Lee, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

“A story goes, President Kennedy asked his Cabinet to read Barbara Tuchman’s Guns of August to prevent the United States from stumbling into a world conflict. Chae-Jin Lee’s Reagan Faces Korea: Alliance Politics and Quiet Diplomacy should be read by world leaders as a reminder and tonic to the political chest thumping environment we live in today. Dr. Lee’s efforts are as important to the scholar as to the interested student. It will be a must-read for years to come for people who are interested in Diplomatic History, Korean Studies, Democratic Transitions of Societies, and American Political Science.” (Patrick C. Coaty, Professor of Political Science, Orange Coast College, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-30499-7
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reagan Faces Korea
Book Subtitle
Alliance Politics and Quiet Diplomacy
Authors
Series Title
The Evolving American Presidency
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30500-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30500-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30499-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 278
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