Konyv: A History of Korea


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Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide. Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Books By Language. Books in Spanish. English Languages English Spanish Español. English Español. By author Jinwung Kim. Expected delivery to Ukraine in business days. Not ordering to Ukraine? Click here. Description 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, 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. 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. Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions x x Table of contents Introduction I. Dawn of the Korean Nation 1. The Prehistoric Age 2. The Origins of the Korean People 3. Old Choson 4. Confederated Kingdoms II. The Growth of Koguryo 6. The Rise and Decline of Paekche 7. The Rise and Growth of Silla 8. The Rise and Fall of Kaya 9. Silla's Unification Political and Social Structure of the Three Kingdoms Culture of the Three Kingdoms The Three Kingdoms and Japan Parhae's Rise and Growth Government and Society of Unified Silla Flourishing Culture of Unified Silla The First Half of the Koryo Period Forging a Centralized Government Ruling Structure Economic and Social Structure Foreign Relations in the Early Koryo Period Development of Aristocratic Culture V. The Second Half of the Koryo Period - Disturbing Koryo Society Koryo and the Mongols The Downfall of Koryo VI. The First Half of the Choson Period konyv: A History of Korea Establishment of a New Order Reorganization of the Ruling Structure Social Structure and Economic Life Territorial Expansion and Foreign Relations Culture in Early Choson The Growth of the Neo-Confucian Literati The Second Half of the Choson Period - The Revival of the Dynasty The Rehabilitation of Culture The Dynasty in Disturbance Culture in the 19th Century Politics of the Taewon'gun The Period of Japanese Colonial Rule - Government by Bayonet and the March First Movement Japan's Historical Distortions Liberation, Division, and War - Economic and Social Problems in South Korea North Korea after Liberation The Two Koreas before the Korean War The Korean War Konyv: A History of Korea. The Period of Postwar Reconstruction - South Korean Economy and Society The North Korean Economy Reversal of Fortune - The Prospering South Korean Economy Militaristic South Korean Society Konyv: A History of Korea Korea's Foreign Relations The Totalitarian State in North Korea North Korea's Foreign Relations Both Koreas in a New Phase - the Present South Korean Democracy in Full Bloom North-South Korean Relations Shaking the ROK-U.

Alliance South Korea's Relations with Neighboring Countries Review quote Recommended. He has published widely on South Korean-U. Rating details. Konyv: A History of Korea ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. Sign up now. Follow us.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In this comprehensive yet compact book, Michael J. Seth surveys Korean history from Neolithic times to the present. He explores the origins and development of Korean society, politics, and its still konyv: A History of Korea cultural heritage from their inception to the two Korean states of today. Telling the remarkable story of the origins and evolution of a society that borrowed and In this comprehensive yet compact book, Michael J. Telling the remarkable story of the origins and evolution of a society that borrowed and adopted from abroad, Seth describes how various tribal peoples in the peninsula came together to form one of the world's most distinctive communities. He shows how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society was wrenched into the world of late-nineteenth-century imperialism, fell victim to Japanese expansionism, and then became arbitrarily divided into two opposed halves, North and South, after World War II. Konyv: A History of Korea the past seven decades, the book explains how the two Koreas, with their deeply different political and social systems and geopolitical orientations, evolved into sharply contrasting societies.

South Korea, after an unpromising start, became one of the few postcolonial developing states to enter the ranks of the first world, with a globally competitive economy, a democratic political system, and a cosmopolitan and dynamic culture. North Korea, by contrast, became one of the world's most totalitarian and isolated societies, a nuclear power with an impoverished and famine-stricken population. Seth describes and analyzes the radically different and historically unprecedented trajectories of the two Koreas, formerly one tight-knit society. Throughout, he adds a rich dimension by placing Korean history into broader global perspective and by including primary readings from each era. All readers looking for a balanced, knowledgeable history will be richly rewarded with this clear and concise book. Get A Copy. Paperbackpages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A History of Koreaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list ». Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 04, Christopher rated it it was amazing. My younger sisters were both adopted from Korea, and my parents have always celebrated their heritage; I grew up eating bulgogi and japchae, visiting Korean cultural events, and watching my sisters become interested in the pop culture offerings movies, music, etc of Korea. But it wasn't until visiting my sister, who's in grad school there, in Junethat I really grew interested in learning more about the history of this beautiful, dynamic, and culturally rich country. We spent two weeks t My younger sisters were both adopted from Korea, and my parents have always celebrated their heritage; I grew up eating bulgogi and japchae, visiting Korean cultural events, and watching my sisters become interested in the pop culture offerings movies, music, etc of Korea.

We spent two weeks touring Seoul, Busan, Gyeongju, and Jeju Island, including visiting several museums that helped to spark my curiosity about Korea in prehistoric times, during the "Three Kingdoms" period, on through the Choson dynasty, colonialism, and into the modern era. This book is dense, as is often the case with sweeping histories of a country or region. It throws a lot of names, places, and dates at you, often in rapid-fire succession. Still, it's not hard to read and manages to delve into surprising detail when hitting the "highlights" of the country's history or countries', in the case of the years after the Korean war. The history fattens and lengthens out as we reach the modern era--not surprising, as a vast amount more documentation was created and has survived since the country began to modernize--but even the sections on prehistory and the earliest known kingdoms contain a surprising amount of detail, referencing both existing historical documents and also prevailing theories from various historians. The book takes the konyv: A History of Korea from the hunter-gatherer era all the way throughleaving off just before the death of Kim Jong-Il and the appointment of his son Konyv: A History of Korea Jong-Un as head of state. It does an excellent job of explaining Korean culture and how it's managed to konyv: A History of Korea distinct even while being heavily influenced by China Confucianism in particular.

Korea is far, far more than "China light" and the Korean people have held on to their traditions and the unique aspects of their country and people even while being taken over by Japan, cut in half by the United States and the USSR, and forced to modernize at a speed unprecedented in history. If you're looking for a light, fast read, this is likely not the book for you. However, if you're looking to establish a solid grounding in Korean history without slogging through a dozen books, this is the right place to go. Michael J. Seth's done a fantastic job of hitting the highlights, diving in for detail at places, while never losing sight of his overarching themes about Korean culture and mindset. The book is a captivating portrait of a fascinating people, and I recommend it thoroughly. Jul 30, S. Baqer Al-Meshqab rated it really liked it Shelves: history. Finally done with this book. It took me more than 4 months but it was really fun and informative. A bit heavy sometimes especially parts related to economics not my cup of tea. The writing style is good enough and the book covers most of Korean history in great detail. Apr 18, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves:non-fictionhistorykorea. Well-researched, however, half of the book was devoted to modern history last years of history or so and I would have love to read more about the three kingdoms, Goryeo and Joseon. I konyv: A History of Korea not familiar with the romanisation of the Korean words and I would appreciated if the author had added the hangeul.

Feb 13, Rob Western rated it really liked it. Going over years of history is a tall order konyv: A History of Korea any book, and Seth does a konyv: A History of Korea reasonable job of it. For anyone interested in Korea pre, the book offers only a brief glance. Most of the book covers the last years. My only complaint is that Seth, especially in the last two chapters, bombards the reader with trivia. The trivia lacks any real analysis, which is certainly not how earlier chapters read. It makes the last two chapters very dry, and really not especially useful. The rest of Going over years of history is a tall order for any book, and Seth does a dry reasonable job of it. The rest of the book is amazing and I thoroughly recommend it. Feb 14, Brian Bigelow rated it it was amazing. This is a necessary book for beginning to understand the Korean people to any extent. Apr 26, Gretel rated it really liked it Shelves: koreahistoryma-thesis. As you can see, I haven't finished the book. I only needed the chapter on occupied Korea for my MA thesis and because I have to read what feels like a million books I skipped the rest.

But from what I read I really like the book. Nonetheless, he did a great job of condensing a complicated subject and showed who was involved in the colonisation of Korea and in which ways, making it clear that many, ev As you can see, I haven't finished the book. Nonetheless, he did a great job of condensing a complicated subject and showed who was involved in the colonisation of Korea and in which ways, making it clear that many, even Koreans, took part in putting Korea in that bad position. Occupied Korea is a very difficult topic to talk about but Seth's chapter served as a great introduction, covering several aspects, such as: politics, history, culture, education, economy, ideology, and more. I think the only real criticism - I don't count missing in-depth discussion because you just can't shove everything into a book which encompasses many hundred years of history - is lacking information regarding the West's fault in the formation of occupied Korea it is present but not elaborated enough, which has probably to do with the aim of the book. What Japan did was wrong and the commited crimes are indisputable but the West granted them free hand over a sovereign nation. Especially the USA and Britain were totally okay with it, probably because of the evil Communists and the colonial ideology rampant in konyv: A History of Korea West. Hopefully I can find a book on the West's shitty handling of the situation. Mar 11, Michelle Pinto rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: mandatory-books-read-in-school. If you aren't required to read this book for class then don't read. However, if you are a history fanatic then this book would be interesting konyv: A History of Korea you. One thing that I dislike is how the author romanized the Korean names and words.

Since I can read Korean, I would have preferred the author using hangul. View all 7 comments. Feb 14, Noah rated it it was amazing · review of another edition Shelves: koreahistoryeast-asia. Good book on Korean history for people who don't know much or anything about it. Dec 08, J. Seem rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: history. A thorough and enjoyable history of Korea, but with an overly strong emphasis on modern history. One wishes it was the other way around.