Asia's Unknown Uprisings: South Korean social movements in the 20th century

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PM Press, Mar 1, 2012 - Political Science - 435 pages

Using social movements as a prism to illuminate the oft-hidden history of 20th-century Korea, this book provides detailed analysis of major uprisings that have patterned the country’s politics and society. From the 1894 Tonghak uprising through the March 1, 1919, independence movement and anti-Japanese resistance, a direct line is traced to the popular opposition to U.S. division of Korea after World War II. The overthrow of Syngman Rhee in 1960, resistance to Park Chung-hee, the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, as well as student, labor, and feminist movements are all recounted with attention to their economic and political contexts. This is the first of two volumes that emphasizes the effects of grassroots political movements in different countries of Asia.

 

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Contents

chapter 1 Uprisings and History
1
chapter 2 Korea Enters the Modern World System
24
chapter 3 US Imperialism and the October Peoples Uprising
59
Jeju Uprising and Yeosun Insurrection
86
Students Overthrow Rhee and Park
127
chapter 6 Gwangju Peoples Uprising
162
chapter 7 Neoliberalism and the Gwangju Uprising
221
chapter 8 The Gathering Storm
244
chapter 10 The Great Workers Struggle
309
chapter 11 From Minjung to Citizens
333
chapter 12 The Struggle Against Neoliberalism
361
chapter 13 The Democratic Dilemma
389
appendix Interviews with CitizenActivists
421
Credits
424
About the Author
425
Index
426

chapter 9 The June Uprising of 1987
277

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About the author (2012)

George Katsiaficas is a longtime activist for peace and justice--who was twice granted Fulbright fellowships--and the author of The Imagination of the New Left and The Subversion of Politics. He lives in Boston.

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