Transnational Encounters between Germany and Korea

Affinity in Culture and Politics Since the 1880s

  • Joanne Miyang Cho
  • Lee M. Roberts

Part of the Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies book series (PSAGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Joanne Miyang Cho, Lee M. Roberts
    Pages 1-23
  3. An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Eun-Jeung Lee, Hannes B. Mosler
      Pages 27-49
  4. German-Korean Relations before 1945

  5. A Common Fate in the Cold War Era and Beyond

  6. The Migration of Ideas and People

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-328

About this book


This book examines the history of the German-Korean relationship from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century, focusing on the nations’ varied encounters with each other during the last years of the Yi dynasty, the Japanese occupation of Korea, the Cold War, and the post-Cold War era. With essays from a range of internationally respected scholars, this collection moves between history, diplomacy, politics, education, migration, literature, cinema, and architecture to uncover historical and cultural intersections between Germany and Korea. Each nation has navigated the challenges of modernity in different ways, and yet traditional East-West dichotomies belie the deeper affinities between them. This book points to those affinities, focusing in particular on the past and present internal divisions that perhaps make Germany and Korea as similar as Germany and Japan.


German international relations Korean international relations Cold War diplomacy Japanese occupation of Korea German history Korean history Twentieth-century politics Korean unification Germans in Korea migration German reunification German literature Korean literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Joanne Miyang Cho
    • 1
  • Lee M. Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.William Paterson University of New JerseyWayneUSA
  2. 2.International Language Culture Studies DepartmentIndiana University-Purdue UniversityFort WayneUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-95223-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-95224-3
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