Tradition, Treaties and Trade: Qing Imperialism and Choson Korea 1850 – 1910

From the publisher’s website: Relations between the Chosŏn and Qing states are often cited as the prime example of the operation of the “traditional” Chinese ”tribute system.” In contrast, this work contends that the motivations, tactics, and successes (and failures) of the late Qing Empire in Chosŏn Korea mirrored those of other nineteenth-century imperialists. Between […]

Colonial Industrialization and Labor in Korea: The Onoda Cement Factory

From the publisher’s website: This book is a study of labor relations and the first generation of skilled workers in colonial Korea, a subject crucial to the understanding of modernization in twentieth-century Korea. Born in rural Korea, these workers confronted both the colonial experience and the modern workplace as they interacted with Japanese managers and […]

Critical Readings on the Colonial Period of Korea 1910-1945 (4 vols)

From the publisher’s website: There has been a rapid accumulation of new scholarship on colonial Korea in particular and comparative colonialism in general within the last ten years. This volume gathers these articles from a variety of venues to allow researchers, students, and readers to access the most important scholarship on colonial Korea published in […]

Diplomacy, Trade, and South Korea’s Rise to International Influence

From the publisher’s website: This volume details how the diplomatic successes of South Korean presidents removed the country from the international isolation it experienced in the aftermath of the Korean War and also provided the necessary international connections for the expansions of international trade it experienced. Patterson and Choi explain how diplomacy then was the […]

Class Struggle or Family Struggle? The Lives of Women Factory Workers in South Korea

From the publisher’s website: This study complements the burgeoning literature on South Korean economic development by considering it from the perspective of young female factory workers. In approaching development from this position, Kim explores the opportunity and exploitation that development has presented to female workers and humanizes the notion of the ‘Korean economic miracle’ by […]

Introduction to Korean Law

From the publisher’s website: As a result of globalization, the barriers between countries are coming down. There is more interaction between countries than ever and mutual understanding and communication have become essential considerations. In such an atmosphere, the Korea Legislation Research Institute has published this book to spread awareness of outstanding Korean law and of […]

The Korean Developmental State

From the publisher’s website: This book analyzes, from a historical comparative perspective, the Korean economic development model, the extent to which it has changed from its classical model, and what constitutes its changes and continuity. Unlike studies claims the dissolution of Korean developmentalism, the book holds that the Korean state maintains its characteristics of state-led […]

The Cultural Politics of Urban Development in South Korea: Art, Memory and Urban Boosterism in Gwangju

From the publisher’s website: This book analyses the cultural politics of urban development in Gwangju, South Korea, and illustrates the implementation of state-led arts-based urban boosterism efforts in the context of political trauma and the desire for economic growth. The book explores urban development that is complicated by the recent history of democratic uprising in […]

Chaoxianzu Entrepreneurs in Korea: Searching for Citizenship in the Ethnic Homeland

From the publisher’s website: This book explores the nature of the state-citizen societal relationship in Korea during the transition to neoliberalism, through the lenses of class and nationalism. Examining the process by which a new class, Korean Chinese entrepreneurs, emerged from Korean Chinese enclaves in South Korea and quickly became a leading group within those […]

Troubled Transition: North Korea’s Politics, Economy and External Relations

From the publisher’s website: Kim Jong-il once declared he would transform North Korea into a “great and powerful country” by 2012, apparently believing that nuclear weapons would compel the international community to engage on his terms. With no such prospect in sight, North Korea faces a multitude of intractable problems. Will North Koreans accept his […]

Diseased Dirigisme: The Political Sources of Financial Policy toward Small Business in Korea

From the publisher’s website: The financial and economic collapse of 1997 provoked serious reflection on South Korea’s development experience. This book offers a critique of how conventional analyses have interpreted Korean development by focusing on the problems of Korean dirigisme (state-led development) that led to the crisis. Korea’s dirigisme carried with it a flawed authoritarian […]

In Pursuit of Status: The Making of South Korea’s “New” Urban Middle Class

From the publisher’s website: In this ethnography of the everyday life of contemporary Korea, Denise Lett argues that South Korea’s contemporary urban middle class not only exhibits upper-class characteristics but also that this reflects a culturally inherited disposition of Koreans to seek high status. Lett shows that Koreans have adapted traditional ways of asserting high status […]

Over the Mountains Are Mountains: Korean Peasant Households and Their Adaptations to Rapid Industrialization

From the publisher’s website: Clark Sorensen presents a description of the economic and ecological organization of rural Korean domestic groups and an analysis of their adaption to the changes brought about by Korea’s rapid industrialization. Still one of the only book-length studies of rural, peasant Korean households, Over the Mountains Are Mountains shows how the industrialization of […]

Building Ships, Building a Nation: Korea’s Democratic Unionism Under Park Chung Hee

From the publisher’s website: Building Ships, Building a Nation examines the rise and fall, during the rule of Park Chung Hee (1961-79), of the combative labor union at the Korea Shipbuilding and Engineering Corporation (KSEC), which was Korea’s largest shipyard until Hyundai appeared on the scene in the early 1970s. Drawing on the union’s extraordinary and […]

The Korean State and Social Policy: How South Korea Lifted Itself from Poverty and Dictatorship to Affluence and Democracy

From the publisher’s website: There are two great mysteries in the political economy of South Korea. How could a destroyed country in next to no time become a sophisticated and affluent economy? And how could a ruthlessly authoritarian regime metamorphose with relative ease into a stable democratic polity? South Korea was long ruled with harsh […]

Korea Under Siege, 1876-1945: Capital Formation and Economic Transformation

From the publisher’s website: The so-called miraculous economic development in the southern half of the Korean peninsula has transformed from basically an agrarian economy to that of a major industrial power in a very short time period, and it is now considered one of a dozen or so of industrialized countries in the world. However, […]