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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 … [Read More]

Revisiting Minjung: New Perspectives on the Cultural History of 1980s South Korea

From the publisher’s website: An epoch-marking alliance of laborers, students, dissident intellectuals, and ordinary citizens was at the heart of South Korea’s transformation from a dictatorship into a vibrant democracy during the 1980s. Collectively known as the minjung (“the people”), these agents of Korean democratization historically carved out an expanded role for civil society in the country’s … [Read More]

South Korean Identity and Global Foreign Policy: Dream of Autonomy

From the publisher’s website: In the 20th century, South Korea was usually seen as a “shrimp amongst whales”, a minor player with limited agency in regional and global affairs. Korea’s risen status as a “middle power” today, however, begs the question about related changes in the South Korean identity or “sense of self” in the … [Read More]

Top-Down Democracy in South Korea

From the publisher’s website: While popular movements in South Korea rightly grab the headlines for forcing political change and holding leaders to account, those movements are only part of the story of the construction and practice of democracy. In Top-Down Democracy in South Korea, Erik Mobrand documents another part – the elite-led design and management of … [Read More]

The Park Chung Hee Era: Economic Development and Modernization of the Republic of Korea

From the publisher’s website: This volume presents a collection of authoritative summaries and analyses of the most significant economic policies of the Park Chung Hee years (1961–1979). It is the product of a major project by Korean academics and officials to critically review and analyze policies aimed at economic development and modernization of Korea. Most … [Read More]

Rationality in the North Korean Regime: Understanding the Kims’ Strategy of Provocation

From the publisher’s website: How and why are the Kims rational? There is no consensus about either the Kims’ rationality or how best to determine if they are rational actors. Rationality in the North Korean Regime offers a concise and finite method to assess rationality by examining over ten cases of provocations from the Korean War to … [Read More]

Cultural Policy in South Korea: Making a New Patron State

From the publisher’s website: This is the first English-language book on cultural policy in Korea, which critically historicises and analyses the contentious and dynamic development of the policy. It highlights that the evolution of cultural policy has been bound up with the complicated political, economic and social trajectory of Korea to a surprising degree. Investigating … [Read More]

Conscience in Action: The Autobiography of Kim Dae-jung

From the publisher’s website: This book is an English translation of the authoritative autobiography by the late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung. The 2000 Nobel Peace Prize winner, often called the Asian Nelson Mandela, is best known for his tolerant and innovative “Sunshine Policy” towards North Korea. Written in the five years between the end … [Read More]

Igniting the Internet: Youth and Activism in Postauthoritarian South Korea

From the publisher’s website: ​Igniting the Internet is one of the first books to examine in depth the development and consequences of Internet-born politics in the twenty-first century. It takes up the new wave of South Korean youth activism that originated online in 2002, when the country’s dynamic cyberspace transformed a vehicular accident involving two U.S. … [Read More]

The Personalist Ethic and the Rise of Urban Korea

From the publisher’s website: This book reviews South Korea’s experiences of kŭndaehwa (modernization), or catching up with the West, with a focus on three major historical projects, namely, expansion of new (Western) education, industrialization and democratization. The kŭndaehwa efforts that began in the last quarter of the nineteenth century have now fully transformed South Korea into an … [Read More]

Peace on a Knife’s Edge: The Inside Story of Roh Moo-hyun’s North Korea Policy

From the publisher’s website: Lee Jong-Seok served as vice-secretary of South Korea’s National Security Council and as its unification minister under the Roh Moo-Hyun administration (2003–08). After Roh’s tragic death in 2009, Lee resolved to present a record of the so-called participatory government’s achievements and failures in the realm of unification, foreign affairs, and national … [Read More]

Youth for Nation: Culture and Protest in Cold War South Korea

From the publisher’s website: This in-depth exploration of culture, media, and protest follows South Korea’s transition from the Korean War to the start of the political struggles and socioeconomic transformations of the Park Chung Hee era. Although the post–Korean War years are commonly remembered as a time of crisis and disarray, Charles Kim contends that … [Read More]

Contemporary Korean Political Thought and Park Chung-hee

This important new book identifies the distinctive characteristics of the ideological terrain in contemporary (South) Korean politics and reexamines the political thought of Park Chung-hee (1917–1979), the most revered, albeit the most controversial, former president in the history of South Korea, in light of those characteristics. Jung In Kang articulates “simultaneity of the nonsimultaneous” and … [Read More]

Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism, 1866-1945

From the publisher’s website: For South Koreans, the twenty years from the early 1960s to late 1970s were the best and worst of times—a period of unprecedented economic growth and of political oppression that deepened as prosperity spread. In this masterly account, Carter J. Eckert finds the roots of South Korea’s dramatic socioeconomic transformation in the country’s … [Read More]

The Gendered Politics of the Korean Protestant Right: Hegemonic Masculinity

Presents a timely and important feminist analysis of the Korean Protestant Right Brings a transnational perspective to a theo-politically conservative movement First scholarly work to uncover and discuss the politics of the Father School, the anti-LGBT movement, and Islamophobia as they relate to the Korean Protestant Right This book provides a critical feminist analysis of … [Read More]

Anarchism in Korea: Independence, Transnationalism, and the Question of National Development, 1919-1984

From the publisher’s website: A regional and transnational history of anarchism in Korea. This book provides a history of anarchism in Korea and challenges conventional views of Korean anarchism as merely part of nationalist ideology, situating the study within a wider East Asian regional context. Dongyoun Hwang demonstrates that although the anarchist movement in Korea … [Read More]