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Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism 1866–1945

Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism 1866–1945 Book Reviews Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism 1866–1945 by Carter J. Eckert. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univer- sity Press, 2016. 512 pp. 36 halftones. 2 maps. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. $39.95 (cloth). Compression of time invested in professional training, the rise of accounting cultures across multiple national academic systems, and perhaps the innate de- sire of authors to be published quickly, regardless of quality, have combined to birth a social sciences and humanities landscape teeming with increasing num- bers of books and articles undermined by malformed prose, superficial empir- ical research, and votarist incantations of names in lieu of theoretical engage- ment. Publications in English on Korea’s colonial period ostensibly aimed at specialists have not been exempt from this trend. Too many titles have been more enthusiastic regurgitations and emphatic repetitions of the entirely famil- iar, less extended tangos with difficult sources and elusive concepts. Carter J. Eckert’s Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea stands outside such specious spaces and tremulous times, landing at a weighty and dense 512 pages, infused with limpid prose, based on consistently robust and occasionally even sublime empirical research, and propelled by a clear argument. Composed of an introduction, conclusion, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Studies Duke University Press

Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism 1866–1945

Journal of Korean Studies , Volume 23 (1) – Mar 1, 2018

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Copyright © 2018 by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
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0731-1613
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2158-1665
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Book Reviews Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism 1866–1945 by Carter J. Eckert. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univer- sity Press, 2016. 512 pp. 36 halftones. 2 maps. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. $39.95 (cloth). Compression of time invested in professional training, the rise of accounting cultures across multiple national academic systems, and perhaps the innate de- sire of authors to be published quickly, regardless of quality, have combined to birth a social sciences and humanities landscape teeming with increasing num- bers of books and articles undermined by malformed prose, superficial empir- ical research, and votarist incantations of names in lieu of theoretical engage- ment. Publications in English on Korea’s colonial period ostensibly aimed at specialists have not been exempt from this trend. Too many titles have been more enthusiastic regurgitations and emphatic repetitions of the entirely famil- iar, less extended tangos with difficult sources and elusive concepts. Carter J. Eckert’s Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea stands outside such specious spaces and tremulous times, landing at a weighty and dense 512 pages, infused with limpid prose, based on consistently robust and occasionally even sublime empirical research, and propelled by a clear argument. Composed of an introduction, conclusion,

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Journal of Korean StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2018

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