You can choose from 1-5.
1.Andre Schmid, Korea between Empires, 1895-1919 (Columbia University Press, 2002); 앙드레 슈미드, 제국 그 사이의 한국, 1895-1919, 정여울 역 (휴머니스트, 2007).
Exploration of the emergence of the discourse of civilization and enlightenment in Korea in the early twentieth century, particularly in relation to China and Japan
2.Carter Eckert, Offspring of Empire: The Koch’ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, 1876-1945 (University of Washington Press, 1991). 카터 에커트, 제국의 후예, 주익종 역 (푸른역사, 2008).
Historical exploration of the origins of the Korean conglomerate companies (chaebol)
3.Ken Kawashima, The Proletarian Gamble: Korean Workers in Interwar Japan (Duke University Press, 2009).
Examination of Korean Workers who were employed mostly as temporary workers in interwar Japan (1920s-30s); highly theoretical, very relevant to today’s labor issues
4.Lisa Yoneyama, Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes (Duke University Press, 2016).
Discussion of comfort women issues in the transpacific contexts including Korea, Japan, and the US.
5.Namhee Lee, The Making of Minjung: Democracy and the Politics of Representation in South Korea (Cornell University Press, 2007); 이남희, 민중 만들기: 한국의 민주화 운동과 재현의 정치학, 이경희, 이유리 역 (후마니타스, 2015).
Kawashima Ken and Lisa Yoneyama may be categorized as the specialists of Japanese Studies, but their discussion of Korean issues is very much stimulating and helpful.
All of the books have been highly acclaimed in the field
When you write a book review, you need to consider the questions as follows:
What is the main question?
What is the main argument?
How is the main argument supported? (source materials, structures…)
How does it challenge, revise, or elaborate the existing idea? (How does the author place their own works in the scholarly contexts?)
What do YOU think about the main argument? (Do you agree or disagree with the author’s argument? For what reasons?)
Introduction + conclusion: 1-page
Summary: 2-pages (The main argument +supporting points)
Contextualization: 2-page (2-3 paragraphs)
Evaluation: 2-page (2-3 paragraphs)
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