Peter Ward – Purging ‘Factionalist’ Opposition to Kim Il Sung – The First Party Conference of the Korean Worker’s Party in 1958, pages 105-125

Abstract In March 1958, delegates from across North Korea met in the National Art Theatre in Pyongyang for the First Conference of the Korean Worker’s Party. To date, it has an event largely overlooked by South Korean and Western historians of North Korea because of a lack of source material. The newly unearthed official minutes,…

European Journal of Korean Studies – Vol 18.2

Editor’s Note Welcome to the Spring 2019 issue of the European Journal of Korean Studies. Vol. 18, No. 2 marks growth and a step forward for the publication. This issue also finally sees our new website www.ejks.org.uk come online with the complete archive of previous issues of the Papers of the British Association for Korean…

Duan Baihui – Clothing, Food and Dwelling – Western Views of Korean Life in the Early Nineteenth Century – pages 127-152

Abstract Despite Chosŏn Korea having been nicknamed the ‘Hermit Kingdom’ by the American William Elliot Griffis in 1882, Englishmen had already been there in the early half of the nineteenth century. This paper considers three journeys by westerners to the Korean peninsula in 1816, 1832 and 1845, utilizing these explorers’ travel diaries to analyze lifestyles…

Andrew Logie – Diagnosing and Debunking Korean Pseudohistory – pages 37-80

Abstract In current day South Korea pseudohistory pertaining to early Korea and northern East Asia has reached epidemic proportions. Its advocates argue the early state of Chosŏn to have been an expansive empire centered on mainland geographical Manchuria. Through rationalizing interpretations of the traditional Hwan’ung- Tan’gun myth, they project back the supposed antiquity and pristine…

Vladimir Tikhonov – The Rise and Fall of the New Right Movement and the Historical Wars in 2000s South Korea- pages 5-36

Abstract The present article deals with one of the attempts by South Korea’s privileged stratum to undermine the very basis for any criticisms against the colonial-age behaviour of its institutional—and in many cases familial—forefathers, namely the so-called New Right movement. Simultaneously an academic and political movement, it was launched in 2004 and had been acting…

European Journal of Korean Studies – Vol 16

Abstract This article aims to explore the Japanese colonial government’s efforts to promote mass movements in Korea which rose suddenly and showed remarkable growth throughout the 1930s. It focuses on two Governor-Generals and the directors of the Education Bureau who created the Social Indoctrination movements under Governor-General Ugaki Kazushige in the early 1930s and the…

European Journal of Korean Studies – Vol 17.1

Editor’s Note Swimming against the Brexit tide, The Papers of the British Association for Korean Studies has become, after sixteen volumes, the European Journal of Korean Studies. This first issue (though maintaining the volume numbers of the BAKS Papers) of the EJKS contains two fine research articles, one from Moscow and the other from Australia,…

European Journal of Korean Studies – Vol 17.2

Editor’s Note In this issue, we are pleased to offer two research articles, three research notes, a number of book reviews, and a special research note. Much of our collection examines North Korea, and the remainder ranges from colonial times into contemporary South Korean politics and society. The scholarship on North Korean literature has been…