A History of Korea

A History of Korea

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Presenting the richness of Korean civilization from early state formation to the jarring transformations resulting in two distinctive trajectories of modern development, this book introduces the country's major historical events, patterns, and debates. Organised both chronologically and thematically, the 27 concise chapters explore recurring themes such as Korean identity, external influence, and family and gender. This lively narrative assumes no prior knowledge, inviting readers to appreciate both the distinctiveness and universality of Korean history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 black & white halftones, 1 maps
  • 0230205461
  • 9780230205468
  • 182,138

About Kyung Moon Hwang

KYUNG MOON HWANG is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Southern California, USA. He is the author of Beyond Birth: Social Status in the Emergence of Modern Korea (Harvard University Press, 2004).show more

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'Hwang raises questions at every turn and challenges the reader to engage with issues that animated past generations, issues that concern us today, and issues that impinge on our collective future in a world where Korea and Koreans matter.' - James B. Lewis, Lecturer in Korean History, University of Oxfordshow more

Table of contents

List of Chronologies and Maps Brief Chronology Map - to follow Acknowledgements Introduction Note on Romanization Koguryo and Ancient Korea Queen Sondok and Silla's Unification of Korea The Unified Silla Dynasty Founding of the Koryo Dynasty Religion and Regionalism in the Koryo Order The Mongol Overlord Period Koryo-Choson Transition Confucianism in the Early Choson Dynasty The Great Invasions, 1592-1636 Politics, Ideology, Family, and Nationhood in the Mid-Choson Era Intellectual Opening in the Late 18th Century Popular Culture in the Late Choson 19th Century Unrest 1894, A Fateful Year The Great Korean Empire The Japanese Takeover, 1904-1918 The Long 1920s Nation, Culture, and Everyday Life in the Late Colonial Period Wartime Mobilization, 1938-45 The Liberation Period, 1945-1950 The Korean War Early North Korea 1960s South Korea Culture and Politics in 1970s South Korea Monumental Life in North Korea South Korean Democratization South Korea in the New Millenniumshow more