America's Man in Korea

America's Man in Korea : The Private Letters of George C. Foulk, 1884-1887

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The behind-the-scenes story of America's involvement in Korea in the 1880s as told through the private family letters of U.S. Navy ensign George Clayton Foulk, Washington's representative in Seoul. Writing with unique insight and irrepressible candor, Foulk recouns his single-handed struggle to represent the U.S. and help a beleaguered Korea in the face of State Department indifference, supported by little more than his salary as more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739120980
  • 9780739120989

About Samuel Hawley

Samuel J. Hawley is assistant professor of practical English at Yonsei more

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For decades, George Clayton Foulk, and his ill-fated service in Korea in the 1880s, have captured the imagination of students of early Korean-American relations. Samuel Hawley's timely edition of Foulk's private letters is comparable in significance to the pioneering documentary work done by George M. McCune and John A. Harrison more than a half century ago. Scholars in modern Korean history, American diplomatic history, and American-East Asian relations will all benefit from the publication of this remarkable collection of letters. -- Robert R. Swartout Jr., Carroll College As the first American to master the Korean language and one of the first Americans to penetrate the previously closed kingdom of Korea in the 1880s, George Foulk provides an intimate look at the customs of late Choson Korea and the personalities of some of that country's highest-ranking officials. Thrust into diplomatic service, Foulk also provides a brutally frank assessment of some of the first American diplomats and missionaries and a scathing indictment of US policy toward Korea. His letters constitute an invaluable resource for understanding the complex events swirling around Northeast Asia in the late nineteenth century. -- Wayne Patterson, Explorations in Sights and Soundsshow more

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Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Private Letters of George C. Foulk, 1884-1887 Chapter 3 Notesshow more

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