History | G372 2834 Modern Korea 8:00-9:15 MW BH317 Robinson
G372 | 2834 | Robinson


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section carries culture studies credit
Above section meets with Hist T500

This course examines the society, politics, and economic development of
modern Korea, both North and South. Major course themes focus on the
transformation of Korea from an agrarian, bureaucratic, and aristocratic
society into two, dynamic, authoritarian, industrializedin the case of
South Koreademocratizing, states. We will trace Korea's response to the
influx of Western political power in Asia after 1840 and examine the
effects on Korea of the intrusion of capitalism and imperialism in the
late 19th century. Since 1900, intellectual, political, social, and
economic change in Korea has been extraordinarily rapid. How the modern
Korea state and society has evolved as a response to this change is the
central concern of the course.

Texts: Nancy Ablemann, John Lie, Blue Dreams, which examines the 20th
century Korean Diaspora, Carter Eckert, Offspring of Empire, narrative of
the origins of Korean Capitalism, Michael Robinson, Cultural Nationalism
in Colonial Korea, Korean nationalist and social revolutionary movements,
Bruce Cumings, Korea's Place in the Sun, historical narrative of Korea,
includes contemporary north Korea.

Course evaluation based on a Mid-term Exam (30%), final (30%), Term-Essay
(30%), and participation and attendance (10%).