The Great East Asian War and the Birth of the Korean Nation

Hardcover | March 8, 2016

byJaHyun Kim Haboush

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The Imjin War (1592-1598) was a grueling conflict that wreaked havoc on the towns and villages of the Korean Peninsula. The involvement of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean forces, not to mention the regional scope of the war, was the largest the world had seen, and the memory dominated East Asian memory until World War II. Despite massive regional realignments, Korea's Chosôn Dynasty endured, but within its polity a new, national discourse began to emerge. Meant to inspire civilians to rise up against the Japanese army, this potent rhetoric conjured a unified Korea and intensified after the Manchu invasions of 1627 and 1636.

By documenting this phenomenon, JaHyun Kim Haboush offers a compelling counternarrative to Western historiography, which ties Korea's idea of nation to the imported ideologies of modern colonialism. She instead elevates the formative role of the conflicts that defined the second half of the Chosôn Dynasty, which had transfigured the geopolitics of East Asia and introduced a national narrative key to Korea's survival. Re-creating the cultural and political passions that bound Chosôn society together during this period, Haboush reclaims the root story of solidarity that helped Korea thrive well into the modern era.

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The Imjin War (1592-1598) was a grueling conflict that wreaked havoc on the towns and villages of the Korean Peninsula. The involvement of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean forces, not to mention the regional scope of the war, was the largest the world had seen, and the memory dominated East Asian memory until World War II. Despite massiv...

JaHyun Kim Haboush (1940-2011) was the King Sejong Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University. Her Columbia University Press publications include A Korean War Captive in Japan, 1597-1600: The Writings of Kang Hang (2013); Epistolary Korea: Letters in the Communicative Space of the Chosôn, 1392-1910 (2009); The Confucian Kingsh...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231172281

ISBN - 13:9780231172288

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by William J. HaboushIntroduction1. The Volunteer Army and the Discourse of Nation2. The Volunteer Army and the Emergence of Imagined Community3. War of Words: The Changing Nature of Literary Chinese in the Japanese Occupation4. Language Strategy: The Emergence of a Vernacular National Space5. The Aftermath: Dream Journeys and the Culture of CommemorationPublications by JaHyun Kim HaboushNotesBibliographyIndex

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A welcome addition to recent scholarship.... Haboush's manuscript leaves readers with much to ponder about the Imjin War, literature, and nationhood in the premodern world.... Highly recommended.