The Puzzle of Korean Christianity: Geopolitical Networks and Religious Conversion in Early Twentieth‐Century East Asia1

  title={The Puzzle of Korean Christianity: Geopolitical Networks and Religious Conversion in Early Twentieth‐Century East Asia1},
  author={Daniel J. Kane and Jung Mee Park},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={365 - 404}
  • D. Kane, J. Park
  • Published 1 September 2009
  • History
  • American Journal of Sociology
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