A New History of Korea

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Harvard University Press, 1984 - History - 474 pages
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The first English-language history of Korea to appear in more than a decade, this translation offers Western readers a distillation of the latest and best scholarship on Korean history and culture from the earliest times to the student revolution of 1960. The most widely read and respected general history, A New History of Korea (Han'guksa sillon) was first published in 1961 and has undergone two major revisions and updatings.

Translated twice into Japanese and currently being translated into Chinese as well, Professor Lee's work presents a new periodization of his country's history, based on a fresh analysis of the changing composition of the leadership elite. The book is noteworthy, too, for its full and integrated discussion of major currents in Korea's cultural history. The translation, three years in preparation, has been done by specialists in the field.

  

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User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

I learned a lot, and will hopefully remember some of it. I thought this book gave a good overview of the entirety of Korean history. Overall though, I did find this book hard to read because the time ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ian Kennedy - Goodreads

This book takes a lot of flak because of its style, which I would describe as deliberate. That is regrettable, because the book is quite informative, and actually very interesting. A New History of ... Read full review

Contents

WalledTown States and Confederated Kingdoms
9
Aristocratic Societies Under Monarchical Rule
36
The Foreign Relations of the Three Kingdoms
45
The Aristocratic Culture of the Three Kingdoms
57
The Fashioning of an Authoritarian Monarchy
66
The Flourishing of Silla Culture
81
The Society and Culture of Parhae
88
Unification by Koryo
101
Sirhak and Other New Intellectual Concerns
232
New Modes of Expression in the Arts
243
Tremors in the Yangban Status System
250
The Reforms and Isolation Policy of the Taewongun
261
Growth of the Forces of Enlightenment
267
The Reform Movement of the Progressive Party
275
The Reform of 1894
290
Nationalist Stirrings and Imperialist Aggression
300

The Hereditary Aristocratic Order of Koryo
110
Aristocratic Society and the Economic Structure
120
Aristocratic Culture
129
Disturbances in the Aristocratic Order
136
The Military Rule of the Choe
145
The Culture of the Age of the Military
153
Growth of the Power of the Literati
160
The Creation of a Yangban Society
172
Social and Economic Structure of the Yangban
182
Foreign Policy of Early Choson
189
The Rise of the NeoConfucian Literati
201
The Struggle Against the Japanese and Manchus
209
The Culture of the NeoConfucian Literati
217
Changes in the System of Tax Collection
224
Japanese Aggression and the Struggle
306
Japanese Economic Aggression and Korean Capital
317
The Patriotic Enlightenment Movement
327
The March First Movement
338
Chapter IS Development of the Nationalist Movement
346
Native Capital and the Condition of Korean
354
The Preservation of Korean Culture
367
The Beginnings of Democracy
373
The Korean War
379
Dynastic Lineages
387
Select Bibliography
395
IndexGlossary
414
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