Division System in Crisis

From the publisher’s website: Paik Nak-chung is one of Korea’s most incisive contemporary public intellectuals. By training a literary scholar, he is perhaps best known as an eloquent cultural and political critic. This volume represents the first book-length collection of his writings in English. Paik’s distinctive theme is the notion of a “division system” on the […]

A Journey in Search of Korea’s Beauty

From the publisher’s website: A Journey in Search of Korea’s Beauty by Bae Yong Joon was a yearlong project that he undertook to learn more about traditional Korean culture from the unfledged yet earnest point of view of one Korean, and to record in a down-to- earth way what he learned and felt in the process. Bae chose 13 […]

An Chunggŭn: His Life and Thought in His Own Words

From the publisher’s website: In An Chunggŭn: His Life and Thought in his own Words, Jieun Han and Franklin Rausch provide a complete translation of all of An’s writings and excerpts from his trial and appeal. Though An is most famous for killing Itō Hirobumi, the contents of this volume show that there was much more […]

Korean Art from the Gompertz and Other Collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum: A Complete Catalogue

From the publisher’s website: The collection of Korean art in the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the finest outside the Far East, containing rich holdings of early unglazed ceramics, celadon stonewares of the Koryo dynasty, punch’ong wares and porcelains of the Choson dynasty as well as items in glass, jade, bronze, brass, lacquer and wood. […]

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 […]

Min Yŏnghwan: The Selected Writings of a Late Chosŏn Diplomat

From the publisher’s website: This book contains selected writings of Min Yŏnghwan, a statesman and reformist of late-Chosŏn Korea. Min’s detailed descriptions of his journeys to Russia to attend Czar Nicholas II’s coronation and London for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee produce vivid images of the world at that time while also revealing Min’s perceptions from […]

Korean art treasures from the Ho-Am Museum

From the publisher’s website: Korean art treasures from the Ho-Am Museum, subtitled A unique collection of traditional cultural properties in Korea, by Cha Ik-jong and Min Byung-rae, celebrates this major holding in Korea. Ho-Am Art Museum is Korea’s largest private museum with more than 15,000 precious objects, including irreplaceable national treasures. The museum building, inspired […]

Philosophy of the Nest

From the publisher’s website: In Philosophy of the Nest, eminent Korean philosopher and poet Park Ynhui encapsulates decades of scholarship as he traces the world history of philosophy from his original perspective. The author, previously published in the West as Park Yee-mun, a nom de plume, follows an overarching vein in the history of philosophy and introduces […]

The Gwangju Uprising: The Pivotal Democratic Movement That Changed the History of Modern Korea

From the publisher’s website: The book explores the implications of the democratic movement that took place in Gwangju, a southwestern city of Korea, in May 1980 when military paratroopers brutally crushed a group of protesters who demonstrated against General Chun Doo-hwan, who was about to become the country’s president. Because of the event now known […]

A Topography of Confucian Discourse: Politico-philosophical Reflections on Confucian Discourse since Modernity

From the publisher’s website: Throughout history, numerous scholars and intellectuals have tried to define Confucianism one way or another. Despite their efforts, the voices of those who claim to have found the essence of Confucianism are as much at odds as ever. A Topography of Confucian Discourse analyzes Confucian discussion in diverse historical settings, examining […]

The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment: Korean Buddhism’s Guide to Meditation (with Commentary by the Son Monk Kihwa)

From the publisher’s website: A concise guide to the key practice systems of the East Asian Meditational schools Ch’an, Son, and Zen. The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment, used in monastic education for more than a millennium, is a concise guide to the key paradigms of the practice systems of the East Asian meditational schools (Ch’an, Son, and […]

Sourcebook of Korean Civilization: Volume 2: From the Seventeenth Century to the Modern Period

From the publisher’s website: This is the most comprehensive and authoritative English-language anthology of primary source material on Korean civilization ever assembled. Encompassing social, intellectual, religious, and literary traditions, this volume covers the seventeenth century to the modern period. Contemporary histories, social documents, Buddhist scripture, philosophical treatises, and popular literature selected for this book reflect […]

Sourcebook of Korean Civilization: Volume 1: From Early Times to the Sixteenth Century

This book is the most comprehensive and authoritative English-language anthology of primary source material on Korean civilization ever assembled. It begins with the Korean creation myth, covering the rise of Korea’s Three Kingdoms, then the history of the Kory dynasty and its lasting influences on Korean culture, and, finally the Early Choson period, with important […]

Sources of Korean Tradition: Volume Two: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries

Modeled after the classic Sources of Chinese Tradition, Sources of Japanese Tradition, and Sources of Indian Tradition, this collection of seminal primary readings in the social, intellectual, and religious traditions of Korea from the sixteenth century to the present day lays the groundwork for understanding Korean civilization and demonstrates how leading intellectuals and public figures […]

Sources of Korean Tradition: Volume One: From Early Times Through the Sixteenth Century

From the back cover: Drawn from Peter H. Lee’s Sourcebook of Korean Civilization, Volume One, this abridged introductory collection offers students and general readers primary readings in the social, intellectual, and religious traditions of Korean from ancient times through the sixteenth century. Sources of Korean Tradition is arranged according to the major epochs of Korean […]

A Korean War Captive in Japan, 1597–1600: The Writings of Kang Hang

From the publisher’s website: Kang Hang was a Korean scholar-official taken prisoner in 1597 by an invading Japanese army during the Imjin War of 1592–1598. While in captivity in Japan, Kang recorded his thoughts on human civilization, war, and the enemy’s culture and society, acting in effect as a spy for his king. Arranged and […]