SHRIMP TO WHALE
South Korea from the Forgotten War to K-Pop
History, Economy & Politics, Current Issues
Ramon Pacheco Pardo
French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Ramon Pacheco Pardo is Professor of International Relations at King’s College London, and KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance. He is also a non-resident adjunct fellow with the Center for Strategic Studies Korea Chair, and a non-resident fellow at the Sejong Institute. Ramon has lived twice in South Korea, and remains a regular visitor there for both work and leisure. He regularly teaches and provides media commentary about the country.
South Korea has a remarkable history. Born from the ashes of imperial domination, partition and a devastating war, back in the 1950s there were real doubts about its survival as an independent state. Yet South Korea endures: today it is a boisterous democracy, a vibrant market economy, a tech powerhouse, and home to the coolest of cultures. In just seventy years, this society has grown from a shrimp into a whale.
What explains this extraordinary transformation? For some, it was individual South Koreans who fought to change their country, and still strive to shape it. For others, it was forward-looking political and business leaders with a vision. Either way, it’s clear that this is the story of a people who dreamt big, and whose dreams came true.
Shrimp to Whale is a lively history of South Korea, from its millennia-old roots, through the division of the Peninsula, dictatorship and economic growth, to today’s global powerhouse.
‘In Conversation: Ramon Pacheco Pardo on Shrimp to Whale: South Korea from the Forgotten War to K-Pop’ – read the full interview in 9DASHLINE here. ‘[Shrimp to Whale] captures South Korea’s triumphant postwar ascent from abject poverty and trauma.’ — The Guardian ‘This is a book by someone who adores South Korea and has done so since his first trip there as a student. […] Pacheco Pardo captures the remarkable scope of recent triumphs that give South Korea both agility — as Moon’s diplomacy has shown — and the affection of a global audience.’ — Financial Times ‘[An] engaging account.’ — New Statesman ‘[A] well-told story of South Korea’s rise to spotlight.’ — The Korea Herald ‘Shrimp to Whale is an enthusiastic and breezy book that trumpets the success of South Korea… It surveys the...