Shortlist and Winner Korean Language Edition - IBP2019

Organising Institute: Seoul National University Asia Center (SNUAC)
Secretary: Jong-Cheol Kim
Acting Secretary: Juliana Lee
Reading Committee – Humanities: Jaehun Jeong and Hun Park
Reading Committee – Social Sciences: Kwangsu Kim and Kijeong Nam

Sponsor of the IBP 2019 Korean Language Edition: Seoul National University Asia Center (SNUAC)

 

WINNER of the IBP 2019 - Korean Language Edition

심재훈. [중국고대 지역국가의 발전: 진의 봉건에서 문공의 패업까지]. 일조각. 2018.
Jae-hoon Shim, From a Vassal to the Hegemon: The Birth and Rise of the State of Jin in Early China. Ilchokak Publishing, 2018.

Shim tracks the development process of early Jin and analyses its historical characteristics during the Zhou period. Unlike previous studies, he claims that Jin maintained a close relationship with the Zhou royal house, played a pivotal role in its eastward relocation, and that it was more than a mere frontier of the Zhou world. This study offers a new perspective to understand the ancient history of China: from a dynasty-centred linear interpretation to the history of multilateral developments of many historical entities. This book is an exemplary work; while the author deals with a complex academic subject, he succeeds in masterfully weaving an account highly accessible for the wider audience.

Shortlist IBP 2019 - Korean Language Edition

정재정. [철도와 근대 서울]. 국학자료원. 2018.
Jae-Jeong Chung, Railways and Modern Seoul. Kookhak, 2018

Introduced to Korea in the 19th century, the railways became the most powerful means of spreading modern civilisation throughout the country. This book deals with how the railways in Korea were formed during the Japanese colonial period. Unlike prior studies that tend to focus on extreme narratives of exploitation and development, the author offers a balanced academic account of Korean railways, illustrating the railways’ impacts on Seoul citizens in terms of everyday life, culture, and customs. Chung also details how railways altered Korean civic life, changing people’s time-conceptions and spreading the idea of equality among passengers. To show this, the author uses newspapers, magazines, and novels of the time.

장인성. [동아시아 국제사회와 동아시아 상상: 한국국제정치사상 연구]. 서울대학교출판문화원. 2017.
In-Sung Jang, Imagining International Society in East Asia: International Political Thought of Korean Intellectuals. Seoul National University Press, 2017.

According to Jang, the autonomy of each state increases as the empire weakens, leading to the emergence of international society. East Asian countries became increasingly independent from China rule from the 19th century onward, and the international community in East Asia became stronger during the 20th century. Jang dynamically reconstructs political discourses and historical changes of the region by integrating international political theories with historical accounts. If the East Asian community is an ideal to be realised in the future a feasible goal at this time is to institutionalise multilateralism in the region. This book demonstrates how deliberate academic work in the present can inspire actionable policy for the future.

김형종. [1880년대 조선- 공동감계와 국경회담의 연구]. 서울대학교출판문화원. 2018.
Hyoung-chong Kim, A Study on the Joint-Investigations of the Korea-China Borders in the 1880s. Seoul National University Press, 2018.

With thorough analysis, Kim reconstructs historical facts surrounding the Joint-Investigations of Korea-China borders in the 1880s. To understand the complex historical realities, he leverages basic historical facts as foundations for further interpretation, and translates data taken from border talks to better understand them from the present point of view. Backed by historical records, the author deals with controversial issues, revealing new findings as well as pointing out misinformation in existing studies. This book contains significant critiques of prevailing discourses held by many Korean academic, journalistic, and political circles. In this sense, it is a wake-up call to correct ungrounded claims involving political and territorial issues where national sentiments oftentimes reign.

이완범. [카터시대의 남북한: 동맹의 위기와 민족의 갈등]. 한국학중앙연구원출판부. 2017.
Wan Bom Lee, Jimmy Carter and Two Koreas. The Academy of Korean Studies Press, 2017.

Lee examines the interactions between Jimmy Carter, Park Chung-hee and Kim Il-sung in the 1970s. Through careful analysis, Lee reveals exchanges between the US and DPRK and the idea of trilateral talks at the time. This idea was not realised due to North Korea’s rejection of terms and the assassination of Park Chung-hee, but the Carter initiative nevertheless provided the basis for subsequent three-party talks among the US, South Korea, and Japan as well as four-party talks involving China. This book is a rare academic achievement that deftly elucidates the complex diplomatic history of Korea and its significance to broader international relations throughout East Asia.

이영진. [죽음과 내셔널리즘: 전후 일본의 특공위령과 애도의 정치학]. 서울대학교출판문화원. 2018.
Yungjin Lee, Death and Nationalism: Commemoration of Kamikaze Soldiers and Politics of Mourning in Post-war Japan. Seoul National University Press, 2018.

This book analyses the commemoration of Kamikaze Soldiers and worship culture of dead soldiers in post-war Japan. The author analyses in detail the emotional attitudes of the Japanese who commemorate the war and mourn for those who died during it. According to the author, post-war Japan's commemoration of Kamikaze Soldiers has two contradictory characteristics. Although it champions pacifism, it also romanticises the war, remembering those who died during it as martyrs and patriotic heroes. The author argues that this contradiction of Japanese commemoration culture comes from the emotional attitudes of ordinary citizens who often feel self-pity and try to overcome their sense of loss from the war, rather than reflecting critically on state violence committed during it.

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