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Korea Studies: Reference Sources

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These resources provide references to important reference books, journals, bibliographical tools, databases, and similar sources.

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History & Culture

  • Korea: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary Davis Reference DS902 .P737 1999
    Compiled by specialists from the University of Durham Department of East Asian Studies, this new reference work contains approximately 1500 entries covering Korean civilisation from early times to the present day. Subjects include history, politics, art, archaeology, literature, etc
  • Historical dictionary of the Republic of Korea Davis Reference DS904.8 .N34 2004
    This dictionary written in English describe the people, political and social events, foreign affairs, and economic and cultural developments that have shaped South Korea since its creation in 1948. The introductory historical narrative and chronology cover the whole history of Korea for the benefit of non-specialists. Includes a large, classified bibliography
  • Historical dictionary of North Korea Davis Reference DS933.7 .K55 2003
    This book Provids a guide to the history, politics, ideology, and major figures in North Korea, this reference contains a dictionary, a map, a chronology (covering the period 1918-2001), and significant historical documents. 



  • Encyclopedia of Korean Seasonal Customs online open access
    This dictionary is an English translation of the abridged edition of The Dictionary of Korean Seasonal Customs (5 Vols.) published in 2007 for English readers. The dictionary is the first of a series of encyclopedic dictionaries planned to be published by the National Folk Museum of Korea as part of an effort to compile all the Korean folk life and traditions.
  • Encyclopedia of the Korean War : a political, social, and military history Davis Reference DS918 .E53 2000
    This three-volume set explores the Korean War, a conflict significant for its impact on American foreign policy, military controversies, and colorful political and military characters. Arranged alphabetically, the entries cover battles, military and political leaders, events and operations, military organizations and operations, historical and geographical facts, United Nations commands and committees, U.S. military organizations and policy, and other relevant topics.
  • 한국민족문화대백과사전 Encyclopedia of Korean Culture Online open access


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