The Korean Tradition of Religion, Society, and Ethics: A Comparative and Historical Self-understanding and Looking Beyond

From the publisher’s website: By making Korea a central part of comparative history of East Asian religion and society, this book traces the evolution of Korean religion from the oldest representation to that of the current day by utilizing wide-ranging interdisciplinary and comparative resources. This book presents a holistic view of the enduring religious tradition […]

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 […]

Spaces of Possibility: In, Between, and Beyond Korea and Japan

From the publisher’s website: Spaces of Possibility, which arose from a 2012 conference held at the University of Washington’s Simpson Center for the Humanities, engages with spaces in, between, and beyond the national borders of Japan and Korea. Some of these spaces involve the ambiguous longings and aesthetic refigurings of the past in the present, […]

Archaeology of East Asian Shipbuilding

From the publisher’s website: North American Society for Oceanic History John Lyman Book Award in Naval and Maritime Reference Works and Published Primary Sources – Honorable Mention “The most comprehensive technical inventory of East Asian shipbuilding and shipwrecks available to date, this detailed analysis refines our understanding of East Asia ship construction.”-Hans Konrad Van Tilburg, […]

Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature

From the publisher’s website: Translation’s Forgotten History investigates the meanings and functions that translation generated for modern national literatures during their formative period and reconsiders literature as part of a dynamic translational process of negotiating foreign values. By examining the triadic literary and cultural relations among Russia, Japan, and colonial Korea and revealing a shared sensibility […]

Making We the People: Democratic Constitutional Founding in Postwar Japan and South Korea

From the publisher’s website: What does it mean to say that it is ‘We the People’ who ‘ordain and establish’ a constitution? Who are those sovereign people, and how can they do so? Interweaving history and theory, constitutional scholar Chaihark Hahm and political theorist Sung Ho Kim attempt to answer these perennial questions by revisiting […]

Modern Korea and Its Others: Perceptions of the Neighbouring Countries and Korean Modernity

From the publisher’s website: The period spanning the 1880s to 1945 was a crucially important formative time for Korea, during which understandings of modernity were largely shaped by the images of Korea’s neighbours to the east, west and north. China, Japan and Russia represented at some moments modern threats, but also denoted a range of […]

China’s Battle for Korea: The 1951 Spring Offensive

From the publisher’s website: Between November 1950 and the end of fighting in June 1953, China launched six major offensives against UN forces in Korea. The most important of these began on April 22, 1951, and was the largest Communist military operation of the war. The UN forces put up a strong defense, prevented the […]

Lords of the Sea: Pirates, Violence, and Commerce in Late Medieval Japan

From the publisher’s website: Lords of the Sea revises our understanding of the epic political, economic, and cultural transformations of Japan’s late medieval period (ca. 1300–1600) by shifting the conventional land-based analytical framework to one centered on the perspectives of seafarers who, though usually dismissed as “pirates,” thought of themselves as sea lords. Over the course […]

Confucius in East Asia

From the publisher’s website: Richey has written an engaging and well-crafted book that clearly delineates the oftentimes fitful development of Confucianism in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. At the same time, he masterfully demonstrates how Confucianism slowly came to dominate politics, thought, and society in each of these places and still continues to inform their […]

Truman and MacArthur: Policy, Politics, and the Hunger for Honor and Renown

From the publisher’s website; Truman and MacArthur offers an objective and comprehensive account of the very public confrontation between a sitting president and a well-known general over the military’s role in the conduct of foreign policy. In November 1950, with the army of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea mostly destroyed, Chinese military forces crossed the […]

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

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 1850 and 1910, the […]

Currents and Countercurrents: Korean Influences on the East Asian Buddhist Traditions

From the publisher’s website: Soon after the inception of Buddhism in the sixth or fifth century B.C.E., the Buddha ordered his small band of monks to wander forth for the welfare and weal of the many, a command that initiated one of the greatest missionary movements in world religious history. But this account of a […]

The United States and Biological Warfare: Secrets from the Early Cold War and Korea

From the publisher’s website: The United States and Biological Warfare argues persuasively that the United States experimented with and deployed biological weapons during the Korean War. Endicott and Hagerman explore the political and moral dimensions of this issue, asking what restraints were applied or forgotten in those years of ideological and political passion and military […]

Confucianism and the Family

From the publisher’s website: An interdisciplinary exploration of the Confucian family in East Asia which includes historical, psychocultural, and gender studies perspectives. The family is central to societies that have been profoundly influenced by the Confucian, and later Neo-Confucian, mandate. This book examines the nature of family continuities and the internal family social and psychological […]

Women of Japan and Korea: Continuity and Change

From the publisher’s website: This collection presents new research on the changing roles of women in Japan and Korea. At a time when women in these two countries are becoming more politically and socially prominent, these essays provide insight into the clashes that have arisen between tradition and change. The contributors compare similarities and differences […]