The Seoul Olympics: Economic Miracle Meets the World

  title={The Seoul Olympics: Economic Miracle Meets the World},
  author={Brian Bridges},
  journal={The International Journal of the History of Sport},
  pages={1939 - 1952}
  • B. Bridges
  • Published 11 November 2008
  • Political Science
  • The International Journal of the History of Sport
The 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul were a coming out party for South Korea – a culmination of its efforts to be recognized as an accomplished economic power and a serious international actor. The South Korean leadership undoubtedly looked for accelerated economic growth as well as heightened national consciousness (including awareness of sporting cultures). Yet, the run-up to and the actual hosting of the games also had a dramatic impact on both South Korea's domestic politics, as it became a… 

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