The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary South Korea offers a ground-breaking study of the socio-political development of the Korean peninsula in the contemporary period.

Written by an international team of scholars and experts, contributions to this book address key intellectual questions in the development of Korean studies, projecting new ways of thinking about how international systems can be organised and how local societies adapt to global challenges. Academically rigorous, each chapter defines current research and lends the reader greater understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and political developments of South Korea, ranging from chapters on the Korean Wave to relations with North Korea and the Korean language overseas.

The volume is divided into eight sections, each representing a focused area of inquiry:

    • socio-political history
    • contemporary politics
    • political economy and development
    • society
    • culture
    • international relations
    • security and diplomacy
    • South Korea in international education

This handbook provides an interdisciplinary and comprehensive account of contemporary South Korea. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of Korean history, politics and international relations, culture and society, and will also appeal to policy makers interested in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

chapter 1|7 pages


ByNiki J.P. Alsford

part 1|33 pages

Socio-political history

part 2|39 pages

Contemporary politics

chapter 4|20 pages

Political structure changes in South Korea since 1948

ByHannes B. Mosler
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part 3|53 pages

Political economy and development

part 6|87 pages

International relations

chapter 16|19 pages

South Korean relations with North Korea

ByLonnie Edge

chapter 18|20 pages

Japan–South Korea international relations

ByHyung-Gu Lynn

part 7|32 pages

Security and diplomacy

part 8|43 pages

South Korea in international education

chapter 22|22 pages

Korean language overseas

BySeon Jung Kim

chapter 23|19 pages

South Korea in the secondary education system in the United Kingdom

ByMichael Maddison, Aaron Wilkes, Richard McFahn