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Young Hwi Yoon

Research Project


Thesis title: “The Spread and Transformation of Antislavery Sentiment in the Transatlantic Evangelical Network: 1730s-1790s”

My research aims to analyse how Anglo-American evangelicals’ antipathy towards slavery spread and transformed in the context of the transatlantic evangelical network. This study demonstrates the key events for the transition of antislavery into abolitionism, reflecting both alliance and disjunction within the evangelical communities of the Atlantic world during the eighteenth century: the Great Awakening, the American Revolution and the aftermath of the Treaty of Paris. To analyse this process, certain themes will be considered in this study. Firstly, concerning the transatlantic community: what were the features of this transatlantic community fostered by the Great Awakening and which aspects of the network encouraged negative views towards the slave trade? Secondly, concerning the antislavery sentiment: how did antislavery sentiment spread among the members of that transatlantic evangelical network? Thirdly, concerning the American Revolution: how were Anglo-American attitudes towards the slave trade altered by the experience of the American Revolution? Lastly, the results of these processes will be considered: how was the evangelical network reshaped after the American Revolution? By combining answers to these questions, a more comprehensive and subtle picture of the transatlantic antislavery movement will be created.

*My manuscript which stems from part of this thesis was awarded the American Society of Church History’s the Sydney E. Mead Prize.
(An award for the author of the best unpublished essay in any field of church history written by a doctoral candidate or recent graduate. For more information, see Sydney E. Prize)

*Examiners for the viva voce: Professor Betty Wood (Cambridge), Dr Roger Fagge (Warwick)

*Key Words : Transatlantic Evangelical Network, Interchange of Evangelical Literature, Impact of Evangelicalism on the Political Changes in America and Britain, Antislavery Movement, Moral Capital, The Modern Church History

Education and Qualifications

University of Warwick (Coventry, United Kingdom)

Doctor of Philosophy in History, November 2011

Supervisors: Dr. Sarah Richardson(History Department) and Tim Lockley(School of Comparative American Studies)


Seoul National University (Seoul, Korea)

Master of Arts in Western History, February 2003

Thesis: "The Nature of the Clapham Sect's Activities, 1787-1833-The Reformation of Manners and Morals."


Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea)

Bachelor of Laws, February 2000


Teaching Experience

<March 2012 - Present>

Lecturer (Part-time) of the Department of Western History, Seoul National University (Seoul, Korea)


<July 2003 - June 2006>

Senior Lecturer of Korea Military Academy, (Seoul, Korea)




“The Spread of Antislavery Sentiment through Proslavery Tracts in the Transatlantic Evangelical Community, 1740s-1770s,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, (Forthcoming, 2012)

*This article was awarded the Sidney Mead Prize of the American Society of Church History.

Book Review, “Christopher Leslie Brown, Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006),” East Asian Journal of British History (Forthcoming, 2012)

“The Transatlantic Evangelical Network and Its Abolitionism,” The Korean Journal of British Studies, Vol. 22, (2009)

Jeffery K. Olick, States of Memory: Continuities, Conflicts and Transformations in National Retrospection, translated by Young Hwi Yoon, Ho Gun Choi and Yoo Ki Min (Seoul: Korea Democracy Foundation, 2006)

*This publication was sponsored by the Korea Democracy Foundation (a research institute directly responsible to the President of Korea Republic)

“The Ideological Nature of British Political Parties during the French Revolution,” Journal of the Korea Military Academy, Vol. 60, No. 2, (2004)

“The Clapham Sect's Activities and Its Nature, 1787-1833: The Reformation of Manners and Morals,” Journal of the Western History Society of Korea, Vol. 31. (2003)


(May 2012) “The Division within the Transatlantic Evangelical Network after the American Revolution: Focusing on Issues of Slavery and Disestablishment”
The 62th Annual Congress of Japanese Association of Western History (Meiji University, Japan)
*This presentation is financially supported by the East Asian Society of British History (Japan)

(March 2011) “The Convergence of a Sense of Crisis and Moral Capital: Evangelical Abolitionism in the Late Eighteenth Century”

The Quarterly Conference of the Korean Society of British History (Ewha Womans University, Korea)

(April 2011) “The Spread of Antislavery Sentiment through Proslavery Tracts of Evangelicals from the 1730s to 1770s”
The Christianity and History Forum (Leamington, United Kingdom)

(March 2011) “Britain and the Birth of British American, 1700-1750 Workshop”

Conference of Centre for the Study of the Renaissance of University of Warwick (UK) and the Newberry Library (Chicago, US) (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)

*Funded Attendance accepted.

(June 2009) “The Transatlantic Evangelical Network and Its Abolitionism”

The National Conference of the Korean Society of British History (Kyungbook National University, Korea)

(April 2009) “The Making of the Transatlantic Evangelical Network”
The Christianity and History Forum (Leamington, United Kingdom)

(May 2008) “The Impact of Abolitionism on the Place of Morality in British Politics”

Annual History Postgraduate Conference (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)



The Sydney E. Mead Prize of the American Society of Church History (Chicago, USA) (January 2012)

The Award for the Promotion of Young Scholar Research of the East Asian Society of British History (Tokyo, Japan) ( EASBH's Award ) (May 2012)

Kim Hee-Kyung Scholarship Foundation for European Humanities (Seoul, Korea) (September 2009 – March 2012)

American Study and Student Exchange Committee of Warwick University Grant (Warwick, UK) (November 2009) *to cover travel costs to the Library Company Philadelphia, USA

Ok Han Heum Scholarship (Seoul, Korea) (September 2007 – December 2009)

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship (Evanston, USA) (July 2007 - June 2008)

Alumni of Seoul National University Scholarship (Seoul, Korea) (March 2001 – February 2002)

Woowol Kim Hal Ran Scholarship of Ewha Womans University (Seoul, Korea) (March 1997 – February 2000)




Member of the American Society of Church History (United State) September 2011- Present

Member of the Christianity and History Forum (United Kingdom) April 2009 – Present

Member of the Korean Society of British History (Korea) October 2001 - Present


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