Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-5381-4569-2 • Hardback • July 2023 • $85.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-5381-4570-8 • eBook • May 2023 • $45.00 • (£35.00) (coming soon)
Gwisook Gwon is a research associate at the Tamla Culture Research Institute in Jeju National University.
Gwisook Gwon has written a sophisticated work which contributes significantly to our understanding of the history of Jeju and its complicated relationship to the evolution of the South Korean state. The book is based on in-depth research from several decades living on the island, and draws on many original documents and oral interviews. It will attract readers interested in Jeju as well as in societal efforts to overcome the legacies of violence in modern Korea’s tortured past.— Steven Lee, Associate Editor, Journal of American-East Asian Relations
With breathtaking ocean views from one of the most beautiful Korean islands, Jeju's natural beauty hides a devastating truth. Gwisook Gwon shares the heartrending story of the Jeju 4.3 Massacre that everyone must know—a social history of political violence and its aftermath, showing in stark detail the terrible costs of the Korean War and the tenacious resilience of ordinary people in their search for truth and justice. — Suzy Kim, professor of Korean History, Rutgers University
Based on a wide variety of primary sources, including fascinating interviews with participants, The Island of World Peace is a comprehensive history of the civil war on Jeju Island, from the self-governing committees that arose in 1945 through the bloody conflict that began in 1948, finally to the reconciliation that occurred after South Korea democratized. — Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago; author of The Origins of the Korean War
- Civilian massacre and state building: State violence at the birth of South Korea
- Post-the Jeju massacre: Reintegration of Jeju Islanders into the state through mobilization during the Korean War
- Struggle for incorporation to the state: Young Jeju Islanders’ struggle to become loyal and brave soldiers
- Wise Mother, Good Wife ideology in post-war South Korea: Emergence of Jeju women as the national symbol of Korean working women under the government-sanctioned gender ideology
- Reconciliation of the massacre: Democratic transformations and the state-led conflict resolution in South Korea
- Island of World Peace: The Jeju 4.3 Peace Park as an expression of mature democracy and peacebuilding in South Korea
9/9/21, Choice: This book was included in a feature highlighting forthcoming Asian and Asian American Studies titles.