I was very saddened to hear that Professor James Palais has died. Everyone in the world of Korean history will have heard of him and anyone who has read any of his books and papers will know that his scholarship was at a level that leaves you in awe just a few pages in. Unfortunately, many of us at a relatively early stage in our studies will never have the opportunity to meet Professor Palais.
There is a rather perfunctory obituary from Yonhap. Hopefully there will be something more substantial soon via the Korean Studies discussion list which I will post here.
In the spirit of cross-linking, back-linking or something like that, here’s Antti’s post on the death of James Palais, which links here and also includes more interesting links to obituaries and the personal reflections of people that knew him.
Below is a probably rather incomplete bibliography for James Palais, gleaned from the Korean History Bibliography:
Palais, James B. “Political Leadership in the Yi Dynasty.” In Dae-sook Suh and Chae-jin Lee, eds. Political Leadership in Korea. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1976.
_____________. “Han Yong-u’s Studies of Early Choson Intellectual History.” The Journal of Korean Studies 2 (1980): 199-224.
_____________. “Land Tenure in Korea: Tenth to Twelfth Centuries.” The Journal of Korean Studies 4 (1982-1983): 73-205.
_____________. “Slavery and Slave Society in the Koryo Period.” The Journal of Korean Studies 5 (1984): 173-190.
_____________. “Confucianism and the Aristocratic/Bureaucratic Balance in Korea.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 44:2 (December 1984): 427-468.
_____________. Politics and Policy in Traditional Korea. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992.
_____________. “Political Leadership and the Yangban in the Choson Dynasty.” Etudes Thematiques: La Societe Civile face a l’Etat dans Les Traditions Chinoise, Japonaise, Coreenne et Vietnaiennnes 3 (1994): 391-408.
_____________. “A Search for Korean Uniqueness.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 55:2 (December 1995): 409-425.
_____________. Confucian Statecraft and Korean Institutions: Yu Hyongwon and the Late Choson Dynasty. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996.
_____________. Views on Korean Social History. Seoul: Institute for Modern Korean Studies, 1998.
_____________. “Nationalism: Good or Bad?” In Hyung Il Pai and Timothy R. Tangherlini, eds. Nationalism and the Construction of Korean Identity. Berkeley: Center for Korean Studies, Institute of East Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1998.
_____________. “Confucianism and Economic Development in South Korea” In Benjamin A. Elman, John B. Duncan, and Herman Ooms, eds, Rethinking Confucianism. Past and Present in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, pp. 489-517. UCLA Asian Monograph Series, Los Angeles, 2002.
And to show that his concerns were not only with premodern history, he recently wrote a foreword for this book:
Unbroken Spirits: Nineteen Years in South Korea’s Gulag. Rowman and Littlefield, 2001.