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After the Korean War An Intimate History

by Heonik (University of Cambridge) Kwon

Part of the Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series

After the Korean War An Intimate History Synopsis

Following his prizewinning studies of the Vietnam War, renowned anthropologist Heonik Kwon presents this ground-breaking study of the Korean War's enduring legacies seen through the realm of intimate human experience. Kwon boldly reclaims kinship as a vital category in historical and political enquiry and probes the grey zone between the modern and the traditional (and between the civil and the social) in the lived reality of Korea's civil war and the Cold War more broadly. With captivating historical detail and innovative conceptual frames, Kwon's moving, creative analysis provides fresh insights into the Korean conflict, civil war and reconciliation, history and memory and critical political theory.

After the Korean War An Intimate History Press Reviews

'This extraordinary book gives us - finally - the language to touch the heart of the Korean War's fundamental, enduring violence. With kinship in focus as the essential terrain of the political, Kwon completely transforms how we understand mass violence at the intersection between the intimate, the state, and the global. After the Korean War is a work of exquisite and stunning brilliance.' Monica Kim, New York University 'Grounded in deep historical research and intimate ethnography, After the Korean War offers a timely reflection on little understood aspects of the global cold war through the enduring consequences of the Korean War. A must read in the current climate of renewed Sino-American power plays and their collateral impact in the region and beyond.' Nayoung Aimee Kwon, Duke University, North Carolina 'After the Korean War puts to rest talk about how the Cold War is over and behind us. As Heonik Kwon powerfully shows in tracing the global civil war in Korea, it is the way the intimate violence of war as experienced by families has been remembered - or not remembered - that continues to entrap us. Only by respecting 'the rights of the dead to be remembered', as he eloquently argues, can we truly move beyond the legacies of the Cold War to establish the friendships and solidarities needed today.' Andre Schmid, University of Toronto

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108487924
Publication date: 31st March 2020
Author: Heonik (University of Cambridge) Kwon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 246 pages
Categories: Asian history, Social & cultural history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Heonik (University of Cambridge) Kwon

Heonik Kwon is Senior Research Fellow in Social Science and Professor of Anthropology at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the author of The Other Cold War (Cambridge, 2010), Ghosts of War in Vietnam (Cambridge, 2008) and After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai (2006).

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