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Pop City

by Youjeong Oh Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Pop City examines the use of Korean television dramas and K-Pop music to promote urban and rural places in South Korea. Building on the phenomenon of Korean pop culture, Youjeong Oh argues that the marketing...


Remaking the Chinese Empire

by Yuanchong Wang Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Remaking the Chinese Empire examines China’s development from an empire into a modern state through the lens of Sino-Korean political relations during the Qing period. Incorporating Korea into the historical...


From Miracle to Mirage

by Myungji Yang Cornell University Press (March 15, 2018)

Myungji Yang’s From Miracle to Mirage is a critical account of the trajectory of state-sponsored middle-class formation in Korea in the second half of the twentieth century. Yang’s book offers a compelling...


The Gulag after Stalin

by Jeffrey S. Hardy Cornell University Press (October 18, 2016)

In The Gulag after Stalin, Jeffrey S. Hardy reveals how the vast Soviet penal system was reimagined and reformed in the wake of Stalin's death. Hardy argues that penal reform in the 1950s was a serious endeavor...


A Most Enterprising Country

by Justin V. Hastings Cornell University Press (November 24, 2016)

North Korea has survived the end of the Cold War, massive famine, numerous regional crises, punishing sanctions, and international stigma. In A Most Enterprising Country, Justin V. Hastings explores the puzzle...


Accidental Activists

by Celeste L. Arrington Cornell University Press (March 01, 2016)

Government wrongdoing or negligence harms people worldwide, but not all victims are equally effective at obtaining redress. In Accidental Activists, Celeste L. Arrington examines the interactive dynamics of...


Populist Collaborators

by Yumi Moon Cornell University Press

An empire invites local collaborators in the making and sustenance of its colonies. Between 1896 and 1910, Japan's project to colonize Korea was deeply intertwined with the movements of reform-minded Koreans...


Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950

by Suzy Kim Cornell University Press (August 07, 2013)

During the founding of North Korea, competing visions of an ideal modern state proliferated. Independence and democracy were touted by all, but plans for the future of North Korea differed in their ideas about...


Under the Black Umbrella

by Hildi Kang Cornell University Press (November 12, 2013)

In the rich and varied life stories in Under the Black Umbrella, elderly Koreans recall incidents that illustrate the complexities of Korea during the colonial period. Hildi Kang here reinvigorates a period...


Tyranny of the Weak

by Charles K. Armstrong Cornell University Press (June 18, 2013)

To much of the world, North Korea is an impenetrable mystery, its inner workings unknown and its actions toward the outside unpredictable and frequently provocative. Tyranny of the Weak reveals for the first...


The North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950

by Charles K. Armstrong Cornell University Press (May 15, 2013)

North Korea, despite a shattered economy and a populace suffering from widespread hunger, has outlived repeated forecasts of its imminent demise. Charles K. Armstrong contends that a major source of North Korea's...