Division: Asia--Pre-History to the Present
Students preparing a field in modern Korean history will consider the social, cultural, political, and gender history of Korea in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on the colonial period and post-WWII nation building.
Division: Comparative History (Comparative Colonialisms)*
Students preparing a field in Comparative Colonialisms with Professor Nam will focus on Western, Chinese, and Japanese imperialisms and colonial practices in Korea and in other parts of Asia (Manchuria, in particular) in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and their relations to the rise of modern nation states and ethnic nationalism in North and South Korea.
*Students may not offer a field in the Comparative History division as a first field.
GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT
HSTAS 581: Field Course in Modern Korean History
Introduction to the major English- and Korean-language literature on modern Korean history produced in recent years. This quarter the class will focus on the literature that examines the postcolonial nation-building history of South Korea under the Rhee and Park regimes in the context of evolving South Korea-U.S. relations and continuing struggles over the colonial legacy.
Prerequisite: HSTAS 482 or equivalent training in modern Korean and/or East Asian history, and permission of instructor. Reading knowledge of Korean is not required of all students admitted.