Colonial Rule and Social Change in Korea, 1910-1945

Edited by Hong Yung Lee, Yong-Chool Ha, and Clark W. Sorensen

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  • Published: November 2012
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies, Korean History
  • Bibliographic information: 350 pp., 7 illus., bibliog., index, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World
  • Distributed for: Center for Korea Studies, University of Washington
  • Series: A Center for Korea Studies Publication
  • Contents

Colonial Rule and Social Change in Korea, 1910-1945 highlights the complex interaction between indigenous activity and colonial governance, emphasizing how Japanese rule adapted to Korean and missionary initiatives, as well as how Koreans found space within the colonial system to show agency. Topics covered range from economic development and national identity to education and family; from peasant uprisings and thought conversion to a comparison of missionary and colonial leprosariums. These assessments of Japan's colonial legacy represent new and illuminating approaches to historical memory that will resonate not just in Korean studies, but in colonial and postcolonial studies in general, and will have implications for the future of regional politics in East Asia.

Hong Yung Lee is the author of several texts, including Politics of Chinese Cultural Revolution. Yong-chool Ha is the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Social Science at the University of Washington. He has edited or co-authored many books including New Perspectives on International Studies in Korea. Clark W. Sorensen is chair of the Korean Studies Program at the University of Washington. He is the general editor for the Center for Korea Studies Publication Series and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Korean Studies. The other contributors are Mark E. Caprio, Keunsik Jung, Dong-No Kim, Keong-Il Kim, Ki-seok Kim, Kim Kwang-ok, Yong-Jick Kim, Seong-cheol Oh, and Myoung-Kyu Park.

“The volume adds[s] significantly to knowledge of colonial Korea. The essays are particularly provocative in the questions they raise about laws and policies - most notably, village consolidation, the Peace Preservation Law, and thought conversion - that were applied to both Japan and Korea but with very different results.” -S. A. Hastings, Choice Reviews, October 2013