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Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

The Korean Economy: Perspectives for the 21st Century

From the publisher’s website: Lee, former South Korean government Minister of Labor for the South Korean government, discusses the country’s economic development from 1945-1994 and the public policies that shaped it, arguing that if South Korea is to become a major economic power, the government should withdraw from the economic front line. “The Korean Economy is … [Read More]

Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung

From the publisher’s website: This study focuses on a single Korean “chaebol”, the business conglomerate which dominates the Korean economy. Hyundai, the largest chaebol, is examined in the context of Korean history, ancient and modern, and the Confucian value system that permeates all Korean life. [Read More]

The Transformation of South Korea: Reform and Reconstitution in the Sixth Republic Under Roh Tae Woo, 1987-1992

From the publisher’s website: South Korea underwent rapid economic development under a semi-military, virulently anti-communist government which banned trade unions and kept close checks on the economy. President Roe Tae Woo has, however, since 1987, introduced electoral and social reforms. Strikes and wage rises have followed, leading to a loss of competitive edge, and the … [Read More]

The Colonial Origins of Korean Enterprise, 1910–1945

From the publisher’s website: South Korean conglomerates, or ‘chaebol,’ such as Hyundai and Samsung, play a far more important role in the Korean economy than do comparable large firms in the US and Japanese economies. Despite the importance of the chaebol to the rapid postwar development of the Korean economy, little has been written about … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]