A History of Korea

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 720 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 48.26mm | 1,043.26g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 9 b&w illus., 8 maps
  • 0253000246
  • 9780253000248
  • 785,210

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"Using the latest sources, including recently declassified Communist documents, Jinwung Kim's book holds promise of becoming the textbook of choice. Benefiting from his direct and intimate knowledge of the country, he writes with great clarity, providing rich and interesting descriptions of political, social, cultural, economic, and diplomatic developments throughout the history of Korea." -James I. Matray, California State University, Chico "Recommended." -Choice "A History of Korea... is a clearly written, comprehensive, and impressively detailed work." -Journal of Asian Studiesshow more

About Jinwung Kim

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.show more

Table of contents

IntroductionI. Dawn of the Korean Nation 1. The Prehistoric Age 2. The Origins of the Korean People 3. Old Chosn 4. Confederated KingdomsII. The Period of the Three Kingdoms (57 BCE -- 676 CE) 5. The Growth of Kogury 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 10. Political and Social Structure of the Three Kingdoms 11. Culture of the Three Kingdoms 12. The Three Kingdoms and Japan 13. "History War" with ChinaIII. Parhae, Unified Silla, and the Later Three Kingdoms (676 -- 936) 14. Parhae's Rise and Growth 15. Government and Society of Unified Silla 16. Flourishing Culture of Unified Silla 17. The Later Three KingdomsIV. The First Half of the Kory Period (918 --1170) 18. Forging a Centralized Government 19. Ruling Structure 20. Economic and Social Structure 21. Foreign Relations in the Early Kory Period 22. Development of Aristocratic CultureV. The Second Half of the Kory Period (1170 - 1392) 23. Disturbing Kory Society 24. Kory and the Mongols 25. The Downfall of KoryVI. The First Half of the Chosn Period (1392 - 1650) 26. Establishment of a New Order 27. Reorganization of the Ruling Structure 28. Social Structure and Economic Life 29. Territorial Expansion and Foreign Relations 30. Culture in Early Chosn 31. The Growth of the Neo-Confucian Literati 32. The Struggle with the Japanese and ManchusVII. The Second Half of the Chosn Period (1650 - 1910) 33. The Revival of the Dynasty 34. The Rehabilitation of Culture 35. The Dynasty in Disturbance 36. Culture in the 19th Century 37. Politics of the Taewn'gun 38. The Open Door Policy and the Reform Movement 39. The Tonghak Peasant War and the Kabo Reform 40. Japanese Aggression and the Downfall of ChosnVIII. The Period of Japanese Colonial Rule (1910 - 194show more

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