New Course in East Asian History

Spring 2013

HIEA 2559 (2)

New Course in East Asian History

"Korea: 1350's-2013"

Ronald G. Dimberg

HIEA 2559 will cover the history of Korea from the dawn of the Choson period into the second decade of the 21st century.  Along the way we shall consider the social, political, economic, and cultural character of Choson (1392-1910), the consequences for inhabitants of the peninsula of the end of the traditional East Asian order in the late 19th century, the character and consequences of the period of Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945), the divergent routes followed by the north and the south following liberation and partition in 1945, developments within the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, relations between the two countries, and prospects for reunification.

Reading material will include Korea: Old and New; Sources of Korean Tradition; Korea: A Religious History; Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood; excerpts from such books as Inter-Korean Relations: Problems and Prospects; Korea at the Center; and Protestantism and Politics in Korea; and articles from The Journal of Korean Studies, and other periodicals.

The course grade will be based on two one-hour quizzes (25% each) and two take-home examinations (24% each).

HIEA 2559 is open to all undergraduates.


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