History of Korea, A

Author(s): Translated by Joshua VAN LIEU
ISBN13/Barcode: 9781872843865

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A History of Korea is a product of a particular moment in South Korean social and political history, published in the aftermath of the popular resistance movements of the late 1980s that brought an end to military dictatorship and ushered in direct elections for the presidency of South Korea. The historians of the Korean Historical Research Association, who compiled the volume, were not dispassionate recorders of those events but rather active participants in the democracy movements of the time, who understood their scholarship as a contribution to popular resistance against military rule and as a tool for the democratisation and unification of Korea These historians were writing against previous understandings of Korean history that they perceived as legitimising political and economic oppression from both Korean élites and foreign powers. As they stood in opposition to previous histories and their political underpinnings, they proposed their own visions of past, present, and future Korean societies. In so doing, they helped move the popular struggle for the democratisation of South Korea towards the centre of the national narrative A History of Korea is a manifesto, a conscious call for a particular interpretation of Korean history for deployment in the democratisation, unification, and class liberation movements of the period.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9781872843865
ISBN10 1872843867
Author Translated by Joshua VAN LIEU
Binding Hardback
Date Published 9 Feb 2010
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 351
Publisher Eastern Arts Pub & Saffron

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