South Korea, over the last 60 years, has gone through two economic revolutions, a major war, and a national split with the North. A maelstrom of creative destruction hit this peninsula perhaps harder than any nation in the world. In the West, transforming an agricultural into an industrial society was a slow process taking more than 200 years, and the subsequent shift to a post-industrial, electronic society took another 50. Piecemeal change is usually peaceful, while fast and radical transformation is often accompanied by violence and forced collectivisation, as it was in Russia and China. But ...


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