The book’s conclusion reviews the main findings of the book and suggests how they spur a reconsideration of broader themes in modern Korean history, particularly the colonial legacy. The conclusion is divided into three sections, which explore, respectively, the imperatives of examining the longer flow of modern Korean history across the divides of political control; the colonizing and civilizing character of modern state development in Korea as indicators of the greater significance of legitimation, especially managerial legitimation, in the symbolic and discursive development of the state; and the state as a mobilizing agent of modernity, through its reifying, socially embedded, and fragmented character. Each of these three themes for the early modern era are pertinent for comprehending what emerged afterward in North and South Korea.
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