Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History
Bruce Cumings's rich narrative focuses on Korea's fractured, shattered, twentieth-century history. In 1910 Korea lost its centuries-old independence, and it remained an exploited colony of Japan until 1945. Then came national division, political turmoil, a devastating war, and the death and dislocation of millions, all of which left Korea still divided and in desperate poverty. Its recovery and spectacular growth over the next generation is one of this century's most remarkable achievements. Cumings provides a compelling account of Korea's travails and triumphs in the modern period.
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Review: Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern HistoryUser Review - Jack Haefner - Goodreads
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although I haven't read many histories of Korea, I was pleased that this book departed from many of the stereotypes. A professor of mine at the Army War College ... Read full review
Review: Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern HistoryUser Review - Kristofer - Goodreads
At times Korea's Place in the Sun feels like a text book - there's nothing wrong with that - but then it also reads as a popular history book. Cumings is clearly a leading Korean historian; a survey of Korean history or a multi-volume book would have been better. Read full review