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Monograph publication by Dr. Sangpil Jin – Surviving Imperial Intrigues

Dr. Sangpil Jin, Teaching and Research Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies at the University of Edinburgh, has recently published his first monograph.

“Surviving Imperial Intrigues: Korea’s Struggle for Neutrality amid Empires, 1882-1907”, has been published by the University of Hawai’i Press. The book explores how successful Korean neutralisation could have radically transformed the balance of power equation in East Asia. Dr. Jin argues that, although never implemented, Korean neutralisation had the potential to succeed during the British occupation of Kŏmundo between 1885 and 1887, further pointing out that neutralisation has recently resurfaced as a possible option for a unified Korean state to preserve its strategic flexibility amidst the US pivot to Asia and China’s re-emergence as a potential hegemon in the region.

For more information on the monograph, please see here.

The book cover of “Surviving Imperial Intrigues: Korea's Struggle for Neutrality amid Empires, 1882-1907" by Sangpil Jin, which includes the title of the book, the author’s name, the words ‘Hawai’i Studies on Korea’, and a cartoon illustration entitled ‘A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia’.


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