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Rationalizing Korea: "The Rise of the Modern State, 1894-1945"

Kyung Moon Hwang


The first book to explore the institutional, ideological, and conceptual development of the modern state on the peninsula, Rationalizing Korea analyzes the state’s relationship to five social sectors, each through a distinctive interpretive theme: economy (developmentalism), religion (secularization), education (public schooling), population (registration), and public health (disease control). Kyung Moon Hwang argues that while this formative process resulted in a more commanding and systematic state, it was also highly fragmented, socially embedded, and driven by multiple, often conflicting, ... More

Keywords: modern Korea, state, society, rationalization, legitimacy, colonialism, Japanese imperialism, governmentality, bureaucracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288317
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288317.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kyung Moon Hwang, author
University of Southern California