[KS] new book

Katsiaficas, George katsiaficasg at wit.edu
Thu Mar 29 18:55:28 EDT 2012


Dear all,

I am very happy to announce the publication of Volume 1 Asia's Unknown
Uprisings: South Korean Social Movements in the 20th Century. (PM Press,
Oalkland, CA.)

Using social movements as a prism to illuminate the oft-hidden history of
20th century Korea, this book provides detailed analysis of major
uprisings that have patterned that country’s politics and society. With a
central focus on the1980 Gwangju Uprising that ultimately proved decisive
in South Korea’s democratization, the author uses Korean experiences as a
baseboard to extrapolate into the possibilities of global social movements
in the 21st century. Ten years in the making, this book provides a unique
perspective on South Korea. It is the first volume in a two-part study
that concludes by analyzing in rich detail uprisings in nine other places:
the Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand
and Indonesia.

Richly illustrated, with tables, charts, graphs, index and footnotes
Approximately 420 pages with about 77 photographs and wood block prints by
Hong Sung-dam

“This book makes a unique contribution to Korean Studies because of its
social movements’ prism. It will resonate well in
Korea and will also serve as a good introduction to Korea for outsiders.
By providing details on 20th century uprisings, Katsiaficas provides
insights into the trajectory of social movements in the future. His world
wide field-work experiences and surprising impacts in Korea are described
well in this book.”
--Na Kahn-chae, Director,
May 18 Institute, Gwangju, South Korea

Advance Praise for Volume 2 of Asia’s Unknown Uprisings:
People Power in the Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh,
Nepal, Thailand and Indonesia, 1947-2009
“This book about people's power movements in Asia over the last sixty
years makes the
case, convincingly, that they should be seen as part of the worldwide new
Reading it will broaden the perspective of activists and analysts in North
America and Europe, a very important task.”
--Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

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