Bruce Cumings

Department Chair
Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College
Ph.D. Columbia University 1975

Photo of Bruce Cumings by Dan Dry Department of History
The University of Chicago
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Chicago, IL 60637
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Modern Korean History, East Asian Political Economy; International History.


Bruce Cumings' research and teaching focus on modern Korean history, 20th century international history, U.S.-East Asian relations, East Asian political economy,and American foreign relations. His first book, The Origins of the Korean War, won the John King Fairbank Book Award of the American Historical Association, and the second volume of this study won the Quincy Wright Book Award of the International Studies Association. He is the editor of the modern volume of the Cambridge History of Korea (forthcoming), and is a frequent contributor to The London Review of Books, The Nation, Current History, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Le Monde Diplomatique. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999, and is the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, NEH, the MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, and the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council. He was also the principal historical consultant for the Thames Television/PBS 6-hour documentary, Korea: The Unknown War. In 2003 he won the University’s award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, and in 2007 he won the Kim Dae Jung Prize for Scholarly Contributions to Democracy, Human Rights and Peace. He has just completed Dominion From Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power, which will be published by Yale University Press. He is working on a synoptic single-volume study of the origins of the Korean War, and a book on the Northeast Asian political economy.

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The Origins of the Korean War (2 vols). Princeton University Press,1981, 1990.

War and Television.Verso, 1993.

Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History. Norton, 1997.

Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations. Duke University Press, 1999, paperback 2002.

North Korea: Another Country. The New Press, 2004.

co-author, Inventing the Axis of Evil. The New Press, 2005.

Articles (selected)

"The Political Economy of Chinese Foreign Policy," Modern China (October 1979), pp. 411-461

"Chinatown: Foreign Policy and Elite Realignment," in Thomas Ferguson and Joel Rogers, eds., The Hidden Election (Pantheon Books, 1981), pp. 196-231.

"Corporatism in North Korea," Journal of Korean Studies (no. 4, 1983), 1-32.

"The Origins and Development of the Northeast Asian Political Economy: Industrial Sectors, Product Cycles, and Political Consequences," International Organization (winter 1984), pp. 1-40.

"Power and Plenty in Northeast Asia," World Policy Journal (winter l987-88), pp. 79-106

"The Abortive Abertura: Korean Democratization in the Light of the Latin American Experience," New Left Review, no. 174 (March-April 1989).

"Illusion, Critique, Responsibility: The Revolution of `89 in West and East," in Daniel Chirot, ed., The Revolution of `89 (University of Washington Press, 1991)

"The Seventy Years' Crisis and the Logic of a Trilateral `New World Order,'" World Policy Journal (Spring 1991)

"Silent But Deadly: Sexual Subordination in the U.S.-Korean Relationship," in Saundra Pollock Sturdevant and Brenda Stoltzfus, Let the Good Times Roll: Prostitution and the U.S. Military in Asia (New York, The New Press, 1992).

"`Revising Postrevisionism': Or, The Poverty of Theory in Diplomatic History," Diplomatic History, 17/4 (fall 1993), pp. 539-70.

"Global Realm With No Limit, Global Realm With No Name," Radical History Review (fall 1993).

"Japan's Position in the World System," in Andrew Gordon, ed., Postwar Japan as History (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1994), pp. 34-63.

"Archaeology, Descent, Emergence: Japan in American Hegemony, 1900-1950," in H.D. Harootunian and Masao Miyoshi, eds., Japan in the World (Duke University Press, 1994).

"The World Shakes China," The National Interest, no. 43 (spring 1996), pp. 28-41.

"Pikyojôk simin sahoe wa minjujuûi" [Civil Society and Democracy: A Comparative Inquiry], Ch'angjak kwa Pip'yông [Creation and Criticism], (Seoul, May, 1996)

"Nichibei Senso, Hajimari to Owari” [The U.S.-Japan War, Beginning and End], in Kojima Noboru, ed., Jinrui wa senso wo Husegeruka [Can Humankind Prevent War?] (Tokyo: Bungei Shunju, 1996).

"Time to End the Korean War," The Atlantic Monthly (February, 1997), pp. 71-79.

"CNN's Cold War," The Nation (October 19, 1998), pp. 25-31.

“Still the American Century,” British Journal of International Studies, (winter 1999), pp. 271-299.

“The Asian Crisis, Democracy, and the End of 'Late' Development,” in T. J. Pempel. ed., The Politics of the Asian Economic Crisis (Cornell University Press, 1999), pp. 17-44.

“Web with No Spider, Spider with No Web: The Geneaology of the Developmental State,” in Meredith Woo-Cumings, ed., The Developmental State (Cornell University Press, 2000).

“Occurrence at Nogun-ri Bridge: An Inquiry into the History and Memory of a Civil War,” Critical Asian Studies, 33:4 (2001), pp. 509-526.

“Black September, Adolescent Nihilism, and National Security,” in Craig Calhoun, Paul Price, and Ashley Timmer, Understanding September 11 (The New Press, 2002).

“Wrong Again: The U.S. and North Korea," London Review of Books, v. 25, no. 3 (December 2003), pp. 9-12.

“Time of Illusion: Post-Cold War Visions of the World,” in Ellen Schrecker, ed., Cold War Triumphalism: The Misuse of History After the Fall of Communism (The New Press, 2004), pp. 71-102.


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