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Transnational Encounters between Germany and Korea

Affinity in Culture and Politics Since the 1880s

  • Joanne Miyang Cho
  • Lee M. Roberts
  • Explores the history of the dynamic relationship between German-speaking countries and Korea from multiple academic disciplines, including cultural studies, migration, diplomatic relations, economics, religious studies, philosophy, and others

  • Creates a thoughtful transnational and comparative approach to the emerging field of European-Asian relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

  • Includes some of the most well-known, international scholars in the field from Germany, South Korea, and the United States


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

About the editors

Joanne Miyang Cho is Professor and Chair of History at William Paterson University in New Jersey, USA. She is co-editor of Transcultural Encounters between Germany and India (2014), Germany and China (2014), Transnational Encounters between Germany and Japan (2016), and Gendered Encounters between Germany and Asia (2016), and co-editor of Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies.

Lee M. Roberts is Associate Professor of German at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Associate Director of the IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. His publications include Literary Nationalism in German and Japanese Germanistik (2010) and chapters in Germany and China: Transnational Encounters since the Eighteenth Century (2014) and Transnational Encounters between Germany and Japan (2016). He is co-editor of the Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Transnational Encounters between Germany and Korea
  • Book Subtitle Affinity in Culture and Politics Since the 1880s
  • Editors Joanne Miyang Cho
    Lee M. Roberts
  • Series Title Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-349-95223-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95766-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-95224-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 328
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Korea
    History of Germany and Central Europe
    Cultural History
    German Politics
    Asian Politics
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