Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History

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Norton, 1997 - 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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I am loving this book and I am only finishing the first chapter, Virtues. So many books on Korea speak about the country and its culture as if the Koreans were Chinese or only known through their ... Read full review

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User Review  - matthew254 - LibraryThing

Selectively detailed almost to a fault. Korea's Place in the Sun is an incredibly long read that I was hungry for but unfortunately, it's also overwhelmingly subjective at times. I strongly recommend ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Bruce Cumings is director of the Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University.

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