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Asian History


Korea through Primary Sources

This is a brief guide to the material available to Boston College faculty and students on subjects in Asian in history (understood including central, south, east, and south-east Asia).

What's on This Page

This page has a lot on it. You can use the following anchors (links down the page) to jump straight to a relevant box.

    Korean Historical and Cultural Sources

    Sources: Data & Statistics

    For access to additional datasets, visit out Historical Data & Statistics page.

    Sources: Ego Documents (e.g., memoirs, diaries)

    Base search for ego documents in a library catalog can include (memoir OR diary OR letters OR "personal narrative" OR autobiography) AND whatever topic you're looking for. Here is a base search for material with "Korea*" as a Subject. I suggest limiting the memoir, etc., to a title search for more precise results. 


    Sources: Images and Other Ephemera

    Sources: Law and Gov. Docs.

    Government Publications

    Individual Titles

    Government Ministries and/or Departments

    Government News

    International Organizations and Affairs

    Sources: Literature and Old Books

    Sources: Movies and Video

    Sources: Music

    Sources: Newspapers and Other Periodicals

    North Korean

    International, including Korean

    For historical newspapers and television, visit BC Libraries' Historical News page.

    Sources: Oral Histories

    For access to additional content, visit our Oral Histories page.

    Sources: Scholarship

    For additional suggestions for finding scholarship on Korean history, visit BC Libraries' Guide to Scholarship Research in Asian History.

    Topics: Japanese Colonization of Korea

    Topics: Human Rights and Korea

    For additional suggestions on sources, see BC Libraries' Human Rights in East Asia Research Guide.

    Topics: Independence Movement

    Topics: Korean War

    See also section "U.S. and Britain on Korea" below.

    Topics: North Korea

    Topics: United States and Britain on Korea

    Broad Digital Collections