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by Jinwung Kim

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.

Download A History of Korea: From "Land of the Morning Calm" to States in Conflict epub
ISBN: 0253000246
ISBN13: 978-0253000248
Category: History
Subcategory: Asia
Author: Jinwung Kim
Language: English
Publisher: Indiana University Press (November 5, 2012)
Pages: 720 pages
ePUB size: 1253 kb
FB2 size: 1739 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 173
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This is a terrific single volume history of Korea from its beginning to the present. Jinwung Kim puts a lot of information into the book without weighing it down with too much detail. The book reads very easily. My only complaint is the lack of photos. Aside from a few photos of old Korean artwork (printed in black and white) there are no pictures in the book. The book would be improved if future editions contained many photos of Korea and the people that make up its history. Since the content is so good, there should be future editions.
I have recently read 8 books on korea, trying g to get some perspective. Not one other on Amazon covers 1910 to 1948. Books published a century ago or reminisces. Why are things the way they are in Korea? Read this bopk.
This book is awesome. I am reading it now and it gives me the whole picture of Korean history. I believe "the past is the key to the future". History books are keys. So it is important to find a good key to open the past for the coming future. And I am sure this book is the key. As a history majoring student, I strongly recommend this book.
This is the second book I have read on the complete history of Korea. This one is written more insightfully in my opinion. I also highly recommend this seller.