April 13, 2024

South Korea’s April 19th Revolution: Lessons for North Korea

Why did Kim Il Sung not take advantage of the turmoil in the South?

57 years ago, on April 19, 1960, the rule of the first South Korean president Lee Sung-man (known better under Westernised version of his name Syngman Rhee) came to an end. His attempt to falsify the elections of Vice-President caused South Korea to erupt, and Lee fled the country.

A country after a revolution is unstable, and this fully applied to South Korea of 1960: a poor country with a neighbor openly wanting to annex it.

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