[KS] Book Publication Announcement--Building a Heaven on Earth: Religion, Activism, and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea

Albert Park albert.park78 at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 11 00:14:54 EDT 2015

Dear Colleagues,
I would like to announce the publication of my book, Building a Heaven on Earth: Religion, Activism, and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea (University of Hawai'i Press, 2015) (http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9354-9780824839659.aspx). 

Why and how did Korean religious groups respond to growing rural poverty, social dislocation, and the corrosion of culture caused by forces of modernization under strict Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945)? Questions about religion's relationship and response to capitalism, industrialization, urbanization, and secularization lie at the heart of understanding the intersection between colonialism, religion, and modernity in Korea. Yet, getting answers to these questions has been a challenge because of narrow historical investigations that fail to study religious processes in relation to political, economic, social, and cultural developments. In Building a Heaven on Earth, Albert L. Park studies the progressive drives by religious groups to contest standard conceptions of modernity and forge a heavenly kingdom on the Korean peninsula to relieve people from fierce ruptures in their everyday lives. The results of his study will help reconfigure the debates on colonial modernity, the origins of faith-based social activism in Korea, and the role of religion in a modern world. 
Thanks for your attention.
Albert L. ParkAssociate Professor of History Claremont McKenna College

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