This annual series provides up-to-date information on the politics, economy and society of both South and North Korea.
Each volume is structured as follows: The first part offers the reader an up-to-date analysis and commentary on the following topics:
"Domestic Politics and the Economy in South Korea",
"Domestic Politics and the Economy in North Korea",
"Relations between the two Koreas", and
"Foreign Relations of the two Koreas".
A detailed chronology of relevant events in the year preceding publication complements this first part.
The second part consists of some eight to ten refereed, original articles with contributions on contemporary Korean affairs in fields such as politics, economy and society.
For regular and professional observers of Korea in business, politics, the media and academia, this book series is an indispensable resource both for keeping track of developments, and for gathering new insights.
Rüdiger Frank, Ph.D. (2001) in Economics, University of Duisburg, is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna. He has published on North and South Korean political economy. His current research is on North Korea's development and its East Asian context.
James E. Hoare, Ph.D. (1971) in Far Eastern History, University of London, was in the British Diplomatic Service from 1969 to 2003. He is a writer and broadcaster on East Asia as well as a Research Associate at both the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London and the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Patrick Köllner, Ph.D. (1998), is Director of the Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies and a professor of political science at the University of Hamburg. From 1996 to 2006 he edited the German-language edition of the Korea Yearbook.
Susan Pares, was in the British Diplomatic Service from 1965 to 1987. She is a writer and editor on East Asian affairs.
All those interested in contemporary Korea, including academics and students in Korean studies, Asian studies, and the social sciences, but also business people, diplomats and other officials, and NGO representatives.
will be an indispensable resource for anyone interested in this most fascinating of countries. An international team of top-flight experts not only cover the year's key political and economic developments in both North and South - and the growing relationship between them - but also focus in on an unusually wide range of more specific themes: from foreign investment and the Lone Star affair, via online journalism and new urban landscapes, to North Korean refugees in China. Much more than a compendium, this is an exhilarating tour of Korean economy, politics and society on both sides of the DMZ. Bravo!"
Aidan Foster-Carter, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology & Modern Korea, Leeds University
This volume is the most comprehensive and important summary of political and economic events published on contemporary Korea. In addition, it has a number of excellent essays on both the North and the South and their interrelations, and a variety of chapters on aspects of the political-cultural Korean scene. This annual work will be an essential companion to any researcher on modern Korea, and one that every library on foreign affairs will need. We look forward to the annual production of volumes of equal caliber.'
David I. Steinberg, School of Foreign Service,
The 2007 Korea Yearbook provides fascinating and timely analysis on contemporary Korea, both North and South, by some of Europe and North America's most authoritative specialists. Encompassing a broad range of themes, including foreign relations, domestic politics, geography, archaeology, and popular culture, the volume, which includes a particularly helpful chronology of events in 2006, will, I have no doubt, prove indispensable to students, journalists, researchers and specialists working on East Asian affairs. Filling a critical vacuum in the field, the Korea Yearbook will rapidly become the definitive annual publication on modern Korean affairs."
Dr. John Swenson-Wright, Lecturer in Japanese Politics and International Relations, East Asia Institute, University of Cambridge
A tremendously thorough, insightful and penetrating analysis, rich with information indispensable to the experts and useful to anyone interested in understanding the political, economic and diplomatic dynamics in both halves of the dynamic Korean Peninsula."
Mark Fitzpatrick, Senior Fellow for Non-Proliferation, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Arundel House, London