A History of Korea: From "Land of the Morning Calm" to States in Conflict

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Indiana University Press, 2012 - History - 684 pages

Contemporary North and South Korea are nations of radical contrasts: one a bellicose totalitarian state with a failing economy; the other a peaceful democracy with a strong economy. Yet their people share a common history that extends back more than 3,000 years. In this comprehensive new history of Korea from the prehistoric era to the present day, Jinwung Kim recounts the rich and fascinating story of the political, social, cultural, economic, and diplomatic developments in Korea's long march to the present. He provides a detailed account of the origins of the Korean people and language and the founding of the first walled-town states, along with the advanced civilization that existed in the ancient land of "Unified Silla." Clarifying the often complex history of the Three Kingdoms Period, Kim chronicles the five-century long history of the Choson dynasty, which left a deep impression on Korean culture. From the beginning, China has loomed large in the history of Korea, from the earliest times when the tribes that would eventually make up the Korean nation roamed the vast plains of Manchuria and against whom Korea would soon define itself. Japan, too, has played an important role in Korean history, particularly in the 20th century; Kim tells this story as well, including the conflicts that led to the current divided state. The first detailed overview of Korean history in nearly a quarter century, this volume will enlighten a new generation of students eager to understand this contested region of Asia.

 

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Contents

1 Dawn of the Korean Nation
1
2 The Period of the Three Kingdoms 57 bcad 676
32
3 Parhae Unified Silla and the Later Three Kingdoms 676936
84
4 The First Half of the Koryo Period 9181170
122
5 The Second Half of the Koryo Period 11701392
155
6 The First Half of the Choson Period 13921650
186
7 The Second Half of the Choson Period 16501910
250
8 The Period of Japanese Colonial Rule 19101945
321
10 The Period of Postwar Reconstruction 19531971
422
11 Reversal of Fortunes 19721992
468
12 Both Koreas in a New Phase 1993 to the Present
519
Chronology
609
Notes
631
Bibliography
641
Index
645
Copyright

9 Liberation Division and War 19451953
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Jinwung Kim is Professor of History at Kyungpook National University in Taegu, South Korea. He has published widely on South Korean–U.S. relations, with a particular focus on South Korean perceptions of the United States.

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