A History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present

A History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present

By: Michael J. Seth (author)Paperback

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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 still little-known cultural heritage, showing how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society was wrenched into the modern world, ultimately to be arbitrarily divided into two opposed halves after World War II. Tracing the six decades since, Seth explains how the two Koreas, with their deeply different political and social systems and geopolitical orientations, evolved into sharply contrasting societies. 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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Michael J. Seth is associate professor of East Asian and world history at James Madison University.


Introduction Chapter 1: The Origins Chapter 2: The Period of the Three Kingdoms, 4th Century to 676 Chapter 3: Late Silla, 676 to 935 Chapter 4: Koryo, 935 to 1170 Chapter 5: Military Rulers and Mongol Invaders, 1170 to 1392 Chapter 6: The Neo-Confucian Revolution and the Choson State, 1392 to the 18th Century Chapter 7: Choson Society Chapter 8: Late Choson, Early 18th Century to 1876 Chapter 9: Korea in the Age of Imperialism, 1876 to 1910 Chapter 10: Colonial Korea, 1910 to 1945 Chapter 11: Division and War, 1945 to 1953 Chapter 12: North Korea: Recovery, Transformation, and Decline, 1953 to 1993 Chapter 13: South Korea: From Poverty to Prosperity, 1953 to 1997 Chapter 14: South Korea: Creating a Democratic Society, 1953 to 1997 Chapter 15: Contemporary North Korea, 1993 to 2010 Chapter 16: Contemporary South Korea, 1997 to 2010 Conclusion Bibliography

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/11/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780742567160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 552
  • ID: 9780742567160
  • weight: 885
  • ISBN10: 0742567168

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