A History of Korea

A History of Korea

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This accessible and engaging new edition continues to be one of the leading introductory textbooks on Korean history. Fully revised throughout, the author takes a thematic and chronological approach to guide readers from early state formation and the dynastic eras to the modern experience. Episodic accounts in each chapter are discussed in context with extensive examination of how the events and themes under consideration have been viewed up to the present day. By discussing recurring themes such as collective identity, external influence, social hierarchy, and family and gender, the author introduces the major historical events, patterns and debates that have shaped both North and South Korea over the past 1500 years.

This textbook is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of history, and those studying Korean or Asian history in particular. The first half of the book covers the pre-20th century era, and the second half the modern era, reflecting the structure of most Korean history courses.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 16.26mm | 354g
  • Red Globe Press
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 2017
  • 17 Illustrations, black and white; 296 p. 17 illus.
  • 1137573562
  • 9781137573568
  • 82,296

Table of contents

List of Chronologies and Maps.- Brief Chronology.- Maps.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- Note on Romanization.- 1. Goguryeo and Ancient Korea.- 2. Queen Seondeok and Silla's Unification of Korea .- 3. The Unified Silla Kingdom.- 4. Founding of the Goryeo Dynasty.- 5. Religion and Regionalism in the Goryeo Order.- 6. The Mongol Overlord Period.- 7. Goryeo-Joseon Transition.- 8. Confucianism and the Family in the Early Joseon Era.- 9. The Great Invasions, 1592-1636.- 10. Ideology, Family, and Nationhood in the Mid-Joseon Era.- 11. Intellectual Opening in the Late Eighteenth Century.- 12. Popular Culture in the Late Joseon Era.- 13. Nineteenth-Century Unrest.- 14. 1894, A Fateful Year.- 15. The Great Korean Empire.- 16. The Japanese Takeover, 1904-1918.- 17. The Long 1920s.- 18. Nation, Culture, and Everyday Life in the Late Colonial Period.- 19. Wartime Mobilization, 1938-45.- 20. The Liberation Period, 1945-50.- 21. The Korean War^rth Korea.- 23. 1960s South Korea.- 24. Culture and Politics in 1970s South Korea.- 25. Monumental Life in North Korea .- 26. South Korean Democratization .- 27. South Korea in the 21st Century.- Further Readings.- Index.
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About Kyung Moon Hwang

Kyung Moon Hwang is Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California, USA. A graduate of Oberlin College and Harvard University, his research covers the modern transformation of Korea, with a focus on state and society in the early 20th century and history disputes in the late 20th century.
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