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The Making of the First Korean President
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The Making of the First Korean President: Syngman Rhee's Quest for Independence

Young Ick Lew


The only full-scale history of Syngman Rhee’s (1875–1965) early career in English was published nearly six decades ago. Now, this book uncovers little-known aspects of Rhee’s leadership roles prior to 1948, when he became the Republic of Korea’s first president. It delves into Rhee’s background, investigates his abortive diplomatic missions, and explains how and why he was impeached as the head of the Korean Provisional Government in 1925. The book analyzes the numerous personal conflicts between Rhee and other prominent Korean leaders, including some close friends and supporters who eventuall ... More

Keywords: Syngman Rhee, authoritarian leadership, Republic of Korea, president, Korean Provisional Government, Korean leaders, South Korea, Seoul Prison

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824831684
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Young Ick Lew, author
Handong Global University

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