Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History (Updated)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 17, 2005 - History - 542 pages
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"Passionate, cantankerous, and fascinating. Rather like Korea itself."--Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times Book Review

Korea has endured a "fractured, shattered twentieth century," and this updated edition brings Bruce Cumings's leading history of the modern era into the present. The small country, overshadowed in the imperial era, crammed against great powers during the Cold War, and divided and decimated by the Korean War, has recently seen the first real hints of reunification. But positive movements forward are tempered by frustrating steps backward. In the late 1990s South Korea survived its most severe economic crisis since the Korean War, forcing a successful restructuring of its political economy. Suffering through floods, droughts, and a famine that cost the lives of millions of people, North Korea has been labeled part of an "axis of evil" by the George W. Bush administration and has renewed its nuclear threats. On both sides Korea seems poised to continue its fractured existence on into the new century, with potential ramifications for the rest of the world.

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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


Preface to the Updated Edition
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 The Virtues
2 The Interests 18601904
3 Eclipse 19051945
4 The Passions 19451948
5 Collision 19481953
Industrialization 1953Present
The Democratic Movement 1960Present
North Korea 1953Present
9 Americas Koreans
10 Koreas Place in the World
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Bruce Cumings is chairman of the history department at the University of Chicago and the author of Korea's Place in the Sun. He divides his time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Chicago.

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