A History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010. okt. 16. - 552 oldal
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In this comprehensive yet compact book, Michael J. Seth surveys Korean history from Neolithic times to the present. He explores the origins and development of Korean society, politics, and its still little-known cultural heritage from their inception to the two Korean states of today. Telling the remarkable story of the origins and evolution of a society that borrowed and adopted from abroad, Seth describes how various tribal peoples in the peninsula came together to form one of the world's most distinctive communities. He shows how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society was wrenched into the world of late-nineteenth-century imperialism, fell victim to Japanese expansionism, and then became arbitrarily divided into two opposed halves, North and South, after World War II.

Tracing the past seven decades, the book explains how the two Koreas, with their deeply different political and social systems and geopolitical orientations, evolved into sharply contrasting societies. South Korea, after an unpromising start, became one of the few postcolonial developing states to enter the ranks of the first world, with a globally competitive economy, a democratic political system, and a cosmopolitan and dynamic culture. North Korea, by contrast, became one of the world's most totalitarian and isolated societies, a nuclear power with an impoverished and famine-stricken population. Seth describes and analyzes the radically different and historically unprecedented trajectories of the two Koreas, formerly one tight-knit society. Throughout, he adds a rich dimension by placing Korean history into broader global perspective and by including primary readings from each era. All readers looking for a balanced, knowledgeable history will be richly rewarded with this clear and concise book.
 

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Introduction
1
Ch01 The Origins
9
Ch02 The Period of the Three Kingdoms 4th Century to 676
27
Ch03 Late Silla 676 to 935
49
Ch04 Koryo 935 to 1170
77
Ch05 Military Rulers and Mongol Invaders 1170 to 1392
103
Ch06 The NeoConfucian Revolution and the ChosonState 1392 to the 18th Century
127
Ch07 Choson Society
157
From Poverty to Prosperity 1953 to 1997
373
Creatinga Democratic Society 1953 to 1997
405
Ch15 Contemporary North Korea 1993 to 2010
437
Ch16 Contemporary South Korea 1997 to 2010
465
Conclusion
497
Appendix
503
Notes
507
Glossary of Korean Words
529

Ch08 Late Choson Early 18th Century to 1876
189
Ch09 Korea in the Age of Imperialism 1876 to 1910
225
Ch10 Colonial Korea 1910 to 1945
265
Ch11 Division and War 1945 to 1953
305
Recovery Transformation and Decline 1953 to 1993
339
Annotated SelectedBibliography
539
Index
555
About the Author
573
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Michael J. Seth is associate professor of East Asian and world history at James Madison University.

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