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, it explores 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, while integrating it into East Asian history more broadly.Fully revised throughout, this second edition explores recent developments in Korean history and places greater emphasis on historiography, with each chapter including extensive discussion of how the events and themes under consideration have been viewed up to the present day.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 16.26mm | 354g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Palgrave
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 2017
  • 17 Illustrations, black and white; 296 p. 17 illus.
  • 1137573562
  • 9781137573568
  • 28,988

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.show more

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.show more

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