Peasant Protest and Social Change in Colonial Korea

by Gi-Wook Shin

University of Washington Press | February 1, 1997 | Hardcover

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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, industrialization, and eventually postcolonial revolutionary movements. Gi-Wook Shin examines how peasants responded to these events, and to their own economic and political circumstances, with protests that shaped the course of postwar revolution in the north and reform in the south. Utilizing interviews, documentary research, and statistical analysis, Shin analyzes variation in peasant activism and its historical, political, and socioeconomic roots, and offers a major revisionist interpretation. The study contributes to an understanding of Korea''s rural political economy during the colonial era, Japanese agricultual policy, and the historical legacy of colonialism for post war social and political change in Korea.

"This is an excellent book, the particular strength of which is its concise and coherent analysis, bringing together a fine grasp of sociological theory and extensive knowledge of the Korean land system and peasant protest. It is simply one of the best books yet on Korean society." - Bruce Cumings, Northwestern University

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 264 pages, 1 × 1 × 0.84 in

Published: February 1, 1997

Publisher: University of Washington Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0295975482

ISBN - 13: 9780295975481

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Peasant Protest and Social Change in Colonial Korea

by Gi-Wook Shin

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 264 pages, 1 × 1 × 0.84 in

Published: February 1, 1997

Publisher: University of Washington Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0295975482

ISBN - 13: 9780295975481

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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, industrialization, and eventually postcolonial revolutionary movements. Gi-Wook Shin examines how peasants responded to these events, and to their own economic and political circumstances, with protests that shaped the course of postwar revolution in the north and reform in the south. Utilizing interviews, documentary research, and statistical analysis, Shin analyzes variation in peasant activism and its historical, political, and socioeconomic roots, and offers a major revisionist interpretation. The study contributes to an understanding of Korea''s rural political economy during the colonial era, Japanese agricultual policy, and the historical legacy of colonialism for post war social and political change in Korea.

"This is an excellent book, the particular strength of which is its concise and coherent analysis, bringing together a fine grasp of sociological theory and extensive knowledge of the Korean land system and peasant protest. It is simply one of the best books yet on Korean society." - Bruce Cumings, Northwestern University