The Making of Modern Korea

The story of the making of modern Korea since the late-nineteenth century is an epic tale.  On Thursday 24th October, 2013, I had the pleasure of sharing my interpretation of this story in a guest lecture for second-year undergraduate students taking the Asian Studies subject The Making of Modern Asia (AST2MMA) at La Trobe University.

Pyongyang, 1940.
Pyongyang, 1940.

The lecture documents the development of Korea from the late Choson period to the present day, highlighting the divergent modernisation pathways pursued by South and North Korea following the division of the peninsula in 1945.  In particular, the lecture compares and contrasts the corporatist development model pioneered by Park Chung Hee in South Korea with the North Korean command economy instituted under Kim Il Sung.


Thank you to AST2MMA subject coordinator Dr Yangbin Chen inviting me to present to his class, and to AST2MMA students for their warm welcome and participation in the session.

Jong-no Boulevard in Seoul, 1936.
Jong-no Boulevard in Seoul, 1936.

Further Information

South Korea: Land of the Long White Cloud.

Pangapsumnida! — Inside the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Rason Special Economic Zone: A North Korean Development Vehicle.

Chongjin: North Korea’s “City of Iron”.

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