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    Oct 17, 2021  
American University Catalog 2018-2019 
    
American University Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ASIA-361 Modern Korean History (3)


This course seeks to understand Korea’s historical experience of modern transformation from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century and the evolution of the historical narratives and interpretations in this modern century. After a tumultuous, humiliating, and subjectively very painful experience of the modern century, from a unitary Confucian state, to a colony of Japan, and now as a divided country, Korea still keeps its own distinct culture, identity, and strong nationalism. By highlighting major events in Korea’s modern century, including the opening of Korea and Korea’s response, the fall of the Yi Dynasty, colonial Korea, and the post-1945 Korea until the Korean War, the course analyzes and evaluates the major historical themes, concepts, and controversies in Korea’s modern transformation.