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Flowering Plums and Curio Cabinets

by Sunglim Kim University of Washington Press (November 21, 2018)

The social and economic rise of the chungin class (�middle people� who ranked between the yangban aristocracy and commoners) during the late Chos n period (1700�1910) ushered in a world of materialism...

Buddhas and Ancestors

by Juhn Y. Ahn University of Washington Press (June 09, 2018)

Two issues central to the transition from the Kory to the Chos n dynasty in fourteenth-century Korea were social differences in ruling elites and the decline of Buddhism, which had been the state religion. In...

Offspring of Empire: The Koch'ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, 1876-1945

by Carter J. Eckert University of Washington Press (March 02, 2014)

According to conventional interpretations, the Japanese annexation of Korea in 1910 destroyed a budding native capitalist economy on the peninsula and blocked the development of a Korean capitalist class until...

Over the Mountains Are Mountains: Korean Peasant Households and Their Adaptations to Rapid Industrialization

by Clark W. Sorensen University of Washington Press (August 28, 2013)

Clark Sorensen presents a description of the economic and ecological organization of rural Korean domestic groups and an analysis of their adaption to the changes brought about by Korea's rapid industrialization....

Fighting for the Enemy: Koreans in Japan's War, 1937-1945

by Brandon Palmer University of Washington Press (September 22, 2013)

Fighting for the Enemy explores the participation of Koreans in the Japanese military and supporting industries before and during World War II, first through voluntary enlistment and eventually through conscription....

Wrongful Deaths: Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth-Century Korea

by Sun Joo Kim & Jungwon Kim University of Washington Press (March 28, 2014)

This collection presents and analyzes inquest records that tell the stories of ordinary Korean people under the Choson court (1392-1910). Extending the study of this period, usually limited to elites, into the...

Peasant Protest and Social Change in Colonial Korea

by Gi-Wook Shin University of Washington Press (July 18, 2014)

The period from 1876 to 1946 in Korea marked a turbulent time when the country opened its market to foreign powers, became subject to Japanese colonialism, and was swept into agricultural commercialization,...

Confucian Statecraft and Korean Institutions: Yu Hyongwon and the Late Choson Dynasty

by James B. Palais University of Washington Press (April 28, 2015)

Seventeenth-century Korea was a country in crisis�successive invasions by Hideyoshi and the Manchus had rocked the Chos�n dynasty (1392-1910), which already was weakened by maladministration, internecine...

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

by Andrea Gevurtz Arai & Clark W. Sorensen University of Washington Press (May 01, 2017)

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...

Political Leadership in Korea

by Dae-Sook Suh & Chae-Jin Lee University of Washington Press (July 01, 2014)

Included in this volume are studies of the traditional leadership of the Yi dynasty as well as twentieth-century legislative, party, and bureaucratic leadership, and an evaluation of views of political leaders...

The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Choson Korea

by Jisoo M. Kim University of Washington Press (January 27, 2016)

The Choson state (1392�1910) is typically portrayed as a rigid society because of its hereditary status system, slavery, and Confucian gender norms. However, The Emotions of Justice reveals a surprisingly...

An Affair with Korea: Memories of South Korea in the 1960s

by Vincent S. R. Brandt University of Washington Press (January 12, 2014)

In 1966 Vincent S. R. Brant lived in Sokp�o, a poor and isolated South Korean fishing village on the coast of the Yellow Sea, carrying out social anthropological research. At that time, the only way to reach...

Colonial Rule and Social Change in Korea, 1910-1945

by Hong Yung Lee, Yong-Chool Ha & Clark W. Sorensen University of Washington Press (September 22, 2013)

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,...

The Origins of the Choson Dynasty

by John B. Duncan University of Washington Press (April 28, 2015)

The Origins of the Choson Dynasty provides an exhaustive analysis of the structure and composition of Korea's central officialdom during the transition from the Koryo dynasty (918-1392) to the Choson dynasty...

Cultural Nationalism in Colonial Korea, 1920-1925

by Michael Edson Robinson University of Washington Press (April 15, 2014)

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,...

Heritage Management in Korea and Japan: The Politics of Antiquity and Identity

by Hyung Il Pai University of Washington Press (January 01, 2014)

Imperial tombs, Buddhist architecture, palaces, and art treasures in Korea and Japan have attracted scholars, collectors, and conservators�and millions of tourists. As iconic markers of racial and cultural...