Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History

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W.W. Norton, 1998 - History - 527 pages
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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 History

User 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

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User 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

About the author (1998)

Bruce Cumings is a writer, educator, and expert on Asian history and international relations. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975. Cumings taught history and politics at Northwestern University and served as director of Northwestern's Center for International and Comparative Studies. His studies of Korea resulted in several books, including Korea's Place in the Sun and a two-volume set, The Origins of the Korean War. Cumings served as a historical consultant to a Thames Television production, Korea: The Unknown War. He recounted censorship problems the production faced from the Public Broadcasting System upon its release in the book War and Television. Cumings is the Norman and Edna Freehling Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

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