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Korean Memories and Psycho-Historical Fragmentation

  • Mikyoung Kim

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Japanese Colonial Legacies

  3. The Cold War Residuals and the Korean War

  4. Democratization, the People, and Political Leaders

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 305-316

About this book


This pioneering book is the first English volume on Korean memories. In it, Mikyoung Kim introduces ‘psycho-historical fragmentation’, a concept that explains South Korea’s mnemonic rupture as a result of living under intense temporal, psychological and physical pressure. As Korean society has undergone transformation at unusual speed and intensity, so has its historical memory. Divided into three sections, on lingering colonial legacies, the residuals of the Cold War and Korean War, and Korea’s democracy movement in the 1980s, Korean Memories and Psycho-Historical Fragmentation aims to tell multi-layered, subtle and lesser-known stories of Korea’s historical past. With contributions from interdisciplinary perspectives, it reveals the fragmentation of Korean memory and the impact of silencing.


asia economy social culture korea psychology history

Editors and affiliations

  • Mikyoung Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.BusanKorea (Republic of)

About the editors

Mikyoung Kim is an independent scholar. Her previous books include the Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia (2015) and Northeast Asia’s Difficult Past (2010), co-edited with Barry Schwartz.

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