Peasant Protest and Social Change in Colonial Korea

Hardcover | February 1, 1997

byGi-wook Shin

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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.

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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 even...

Gi-Wook Shin is director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, as well as holder of the Tong Yang, Korea Foundation, and Korea Stanford Alumni Chair of Korean Studies.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 1 × 1 × 0.84 inPublished:February 1, 1997Publisher:University of Washington Press

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ISBN - 10:0295975482

ISBN - 13:9780295975481

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Table of Contents

PrefaceChronologyNote on RomanizationIntroductionExplaining Peasant Protest: An Integrated ViewSocial change and Land Tenure in Traditional KoreaColonialism and Korean Agriculture: Growth without DevelopmentTenant-Landlord Conflict, 1920-32: Ideology or Interest?The Red Peasant Union Movement, 1930-39, Part 1: An Overview & CritiqueThe Red Peasant Union Movement, 1930-39, Part 2: History from BelowTenant-Landlord Conflict, 1933-39: Class and NationJapanese Militarism and Everyday forms of Resistance, 1940-44Historical Origins of Peasant Radicalism in Liberated KoreaConclusion: Toward Reform and RevolutionAppendix 1: Main Activities of Red Peasant UnionsAppendix 2: Peasant Radicalism Index in Relation to Number of Red Peasant Unions and Socioeconomic, Demographic, and Religious VariablesAppendix 3: Leadership Characteristics in Selected Red Peasant UnionsAppendix 4: List of Counties AnalyzedNotesBibliographyIndex

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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