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978-0-7391-2098-9 • Hardback • December 2007 • $129.00 • (£99.00) - Currently out of stock. Copies will arrive soon.
Samuel J. Hawley is assistant professor of practical English at Yonsei University.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Private Letters of George C. Foulk, 1884-1887
Chapter 3 Notes
For decades, George Clayton Foulk, and his ill-fated service in Korea in the 1880s, have captured the imagination of students of early Korean-American relations. Samuel Hawley's timely edition of Foulk's private letters is comparable in significance to the pioneering documentary work done by George M. McCune and John A. Harrison more than a half century ago. Scholars in modern Korean history, American diplomatic history, and American-East Asian relations will all benefit from the publication of this remarkable collection of letters.
— Robert R. Swartout Jr., Carroll College
As the first American to master the Korean language and one of the first Americans to penetrate the previously closed kingdom of Korea in the 1880s, George Foulk provides an intimate look at the customs of late Choson Korea and the personalities of some of that country's highest-ranking officials. Thrust into diplomatic service, Foulk also provides a brutally frank assessment of some of the first American diplomats and missionaries and a scathing indictment of US policy toward Korea. His letters constitute an invaluable resource for understanding the complex events swirling around Northeast Asia in the late nineteenth century.
— Wayne Patterson, St. Norbert College