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Korean Studies: History

A guide to resources for Korean Studies


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Korean History

Primary Sources

Library of Congress: Korean Rare Book Digital Collection

The digital collection draws from the 654 titles in the Korean Rare Book Collection housed in the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. The initial online presentation currently includes 11 digitized rare titles. Click the link above to access.

충무공 난중 일기 (忠武公 亂中日記) Yi Chʻungmu gong Nanjung ilgi 

Yi Sun-sin's 李舜臣 (1545–98) Dairy Account of the Imjin War (1592–98), Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Invasion of Korea). Written in Hanja. 1960 reprint.

Scholarly Journals

Journal of Korean Studies (1979–present) Duke University

Journal of Korean Religion (2010-present) University of Hawai'i

Korea Journal (1961–present)

Acta Koreana (2012–present)

Online Resources

Bibliography of East Asian Periodicals (Colonial Korea 1910–1945)

This comprehensive bibliography contains 913 periodicals from the colonial period (1910-1945), pre-colonial period (1896-1910), and post-colonial period from liberation in 1945 to the establishment of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1948, covering subjects in every field–politics, economy, industry, society, literature, education, religion, women, children, medicine, science, friendship societies, etc. 

East-West Encounters

Perform and Advanced Search of Library Catalog with the subject set to:  "Korea--Description and Travel"

Isabella Bird, Korea and Her Neighbors (1898). eBook and Print copies available.

Sherwood Hall, With Stethoscope in Asia (1978). Print copy only.