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Intense Regionalism in the South Korean Presidential Election of 2012

By Martin W. Lewis | February 19, 2013 | 20 Comments

 South Korea is usually considered to be one of the world’s most homogenous countries. Regional differences in dialect are relatively minor, with only that of Jeju island being distinctive enough to merit designation as a separate language by linguistic splitters. A pronounced sense of Korean nationalism, moreover, is found across the country. But despite these commonalities, South Korea is still …

South Korea is Divided Into Three Parts

By Martin W. Lewis | June 1, 2010 |

Nationalism and regionalism often seem to be contrary phenomena. Countries with strong regional identities and stark regional disparities tend to have weak national foundations. But nation and region do not always counteract each other. South Korea in particular is characterized by both deeply rooted regionalism and intense nationalism.

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