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Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean History

1st Edition

Edited by Michael J Seth


396 pages

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Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century when Korea became entangled in the world of modern imperialism and the old social, economic and political order began to change; this handbook brings together cutting edge scholarship on major themes in Korean History. Contributions by experts in the field cover the Late Choson and Colonial periods, Korea’s partition and the diverging paths of North and South Korea.

Topics covered include:

  • The division of Korea
  • Religion
  • Competing imperialisms
  • Economic change
  • War and rebellions
  • Nationalism
  • Gender
  • North Korea Under Kim Jong Il
  • Global Korea

The Handbook provides a stimulating introduction to the most important themes within the subject area, and is an invaluable reference work for any student and researcher of Korean History.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Understanding Modern Korean History Michael J. Seth Part I: Late Choson 2. Korea by 1860 James B. Lewis 3.Competing Imperialisms in Korea Kirk Larsen 4. The Nation, the People, and the Possibilities of the Post-National: Historiographies of Late Nineteenth-Century Korean Reform Movements Joshua Van Lieu 5. Religion 1876-1910 Albert L. Park 6. The transformation of the Chosŏn economy in the Open Port Period, 1876-1910 Owen Miller 7. The 1894 Tonghak Rebellion Carl Young Part II: The Colonial Period 8. The Politics of Assimilation: Koreans into Japanese Mark Caprio 9. Colonial Modernity E. Taylor Atkins 10.Women, Gender and Social Change in Colonial Korea Sonja Kim 11. Nationalist Movements Before 1945 Franklin Rausch Part III: Division and War 12. The Division of Korea and the Rise of Two Koreas, 1945-1948 Jongsoo Lee 13. The Korean War and Its Politics Grace J. Chae Part IV: North Korea 14.North Korean State-Making: Process and Characteristics Shin Jongdae 15. North Korea’s Chuch’e Philosophy James Person 16. A Dynastic Polity in Economic Stagnation and Decline Andrei Lankov 17. The North Korean Famine Marcus Noland 18. North Korea Under Kim Jong Il Adrian Buzo 19. Marriage, Family, and Sexuality in North Korea Suzy Kim Part V: South Korea 20. Trade Union Movements in South Korea since 1945 Jooyeon Jeong 21. Economic Miracle: From Post-War Reconstruction to Post-Crisis Affluence Ingyu Oh and Hannah Jun 22. Democratization in South Korea Gregg Andrew Brazinsky 23. Women, Gender & Social Change in South Korea Since 1945 Laura C. Nelson and Cho Haejoang 24. The Postdevelopmental State: Economic and Social Changes Since 1997 Jamie Doucette 25. Global Korea John Lie 26. Inter-Korean Relations, 1945-2013 Avram Agov

About the Editor

Michael J Seth is a professor of history at James Madison University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Korea
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies