A history of Korea : from antiquity to the present

Michael J. Seth

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 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

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書名 A history of Korea : from antiquity to the present
著作者等 Seth, Michael J.
出版元 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
刊行年月 c2011
ページ数 xi, 573 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 9780742567160
NCID BB06591002
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国