Cultural Nationalism in Colonial Korea, 1920-1925

Michael Edson Robinson
Preface by Michael Edson Robinson

  • Published: September 2015
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies / Korea; History
  • Bibliographic information: 232 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Series: Korean Studies of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
  • Contents

By studying the early splits within Korean nationalism, Michael Robinson shows that the issues faced by Korean nationalists during the Japanese colonial period were complex and enduring. In doing so, Robinson, in this classic text, provides a new context with which to analyze the difficult issues of political identity and national unity that remain central to contemporary Korean politics.
Michael Edson Robinson is professor of East Asian languages and cultures at Indiana University.

1. Modern Korean Nationalism
2. The Rise of Cultural Nationalism
3. Within Limits: Moderate Nationalism Movements
4. The Radical Critique of Cultural Nationalism
5. Intellectual Crisis in Colonial Korea
6. Conclusion

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"Robinson's study helps us understand the climate that developed in Korea under the Japanese and why, after Liberation, the Koreans themselves seemed to split so readily along cold war lines."
-American Historical Review

"The book is valuable enough because it provides a background to contemporary or recent events. More than this, though, it is invaluable since it provides an unbiased dissection of a five-year-long intellectual movement. It should be essential reading for anyone concerned with Korean history."
-Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies