Park, Tae Gyun

Full-Time Professor

Park, Tae Gyun / 朴泰均

Professor of Modern Korean History

Office : Room 311, Bldg. 140-2

Tel. (82-2) 880-8519 Fax. (82-2) 879-1496

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Tae-Gyun Park, is a Professor of Korean Studies at Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute (HYI) from 1997-1999, and a HYI Coordinate Research Scholar from 2007-2008. He studied Korean history (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.) at Seoul National University. His dissertation is on "Origins of the Koreas’ Development Plans in the 1950s and 1960s". He has served as a standing advisor to the television documentary series “A Biographical History of Contemporary Korea” (KBS) and “The Truth Can Now Be Told” (MBC) and an editorial board member of academic journals Pacific Affairs (published by the University of British Columbia) and Yeoksa Bipyeong (Historical Criticism). His works include A Study of Jo Bong-am, Regional Order in East Asia: From Empire to Community (co-authorship), The Korean War: The Unfinished War, the War That Must End, and Ally and Empire: Two Myths in Korea-U.S. Relationship (AKS Press,2012) and "Beyond the Myth: Reassessing the Security Crisis in the mid 1960s on the Korean Peninsula" (Pacific Affairs, 2009).

  • In English:

    • 1) Journal Articles
    • A Proposal for New Perspectives on the Korean War in 60 years after the Outbreak of the Korean War"(in Korean), Yoksawa Hyonsil, No. 78, 2010.
    • WauApartment & The Highway between Seoul and Busan & Downsizing American Forces in South Korea", Critical Review of History, No.93, 2010.
    • Inoperative Armistice Agreement and Cheonan Ship Incident (in Korean), Yoksawa Hyonsil, No.76, 2010.
    • Beyond the Myth: Reassessing the Security Crisis on the Korean Peninsula during the Mid-1960s", Pacific Affairs, Vol. 82 No. 1, 2009.
    • 2) Conference Proceedings/ Chapters in Edited Books
    • Same Destination, Different Roads. 2002. 6. 18. Pacific Asia Conference on Korean Studies, Korea.
    • The Impracticable Plan: the Phase-down Policy of Korean Army by the U.S. in 1950s and 1960s. 2001. 9.25. Monash Asia Institute, Manash University, Australia.
    • W.W. Rostow and Economic Discourses in South Korea in the 1960s," 2001. 5. 18. Tokyo University, Japan.
    • 3) Books 
    • Ally and Empire: Two Myths in Korea-U.S. Relationship. AKS Press. 2012.
    • The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea. Edited by Byung-Kook Kim and Ezra Vogel. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 2011.
    • Archetype and Metamorphosis: The Origin of Korea's Economic Development Plans. Seoul: Seoul Taehakkyo Chulpanbu. 2007.
    • Korean War: A War Unfinished, a War That Needs To Be Ended, Chekwa Hamgye. 2005.
    • 4) Theses
    • Westernization or Localization?; How to Approach to Modernity in Korea, Translation and Modernity in Korea, pp.106-113 ,국제비교한국학회, Center for Korean Studies (버클리대학), 2004.
    • From Nonalignment to Colonial Legacy: Transition in Meaning of Nationalism. International Korean Studies Conference 2004: The Park Era: A Reassessment After 25 Years, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong. 2004.
    • 5) Conferences Presentations
    • Two Different Ways in 1950s Korea. 1950s Korea from New Perspective. Korea Institute, Harvard University. May 20, 2011.
    • Changes in US policy toward Asia: Abandonment and making a room for Asian leaders. AKSE Conference. Association for Korean Studies in Europe. Moscow. June 18, 2011.
    • The Second Economy: The Origin of Yushin System in South Korea. Stanford University. March 7, 2008.
    • Salzburg Seminar: "East Asia-The United States: A Search for Common Values." (Changes in Korean's Preference for the Great Powers and Neighboring Countries). June 4, 2004.
    • Korea Institute Colloquium (Harvard University) (Reshaping the State through Middle Course in 1961-1963). October 9, 2003.

Faculty Directories


Modern Korean History Korea's International Relations


Korean History (Modern Korean History) Research Project in Korean Studies 1(Wars in Korean History) Introduction to Korean Studies Modern Korean History and Society