Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Chong Eun Ahn

Second Committee Member

Jason Knirck

Third Committee Member

Roxanne Easley


This thesis analyzes the North Korean occupation of Seoul through the oral histories of the men and women who experienced the event. At the beginning of the Korean War, North Korean forces successfully captured and held the South Korean capital for three months. Despite the occupation’s interesting premise, it has received little attention from Korean War scholars. Interviews with the people who lived through the Korean War though, demonstrate that from their point of view, the occupation was a particularly significant part of their war experience.