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By Jinwung Kim

ISBN-10: 0253000246

ISBN-13: 9780253000248

Modern North and South Korea are international locations of radical contrasts: one a bellicose totalitarian kingdom with a failing financial system; the opposite a relaxed democracy with a powerful economic system. but their humans percentage a typical background that extends again greater than 3,000 years.

In this accomplished new historical past of Korea from the prehistoric period to the current day, Jinwung Kim recounts the wealthy and interesting tale of the political, social, cultural, financial, and diplomatic advancements in Korea’s lengthy march to the current. He presents a close account of the origins of the Korean humans and language and the founding of the 1st walled-town states, in addition to the complicated civilization that existed within the old land of "Unified Silla."

Clarifying the usually advanced heritage of the 3 Kingdoms interval, Kim chronicles the five-century lengthy background of the Choson dynasty, which left a deep impact on Korean tradition. From the start, China has loomed huge within the background of Korea, from the earliest instances whilst the tribes that will finally make up the Korean state roamed the big plains of Manchuria and opposed to whom Korea could quickly outline itself. Japan, too, has performed a huge function in Korean historical past, rather within the twentieth century; Kim tells this tale to boot, together with the conflicts that resulted in the present divided kingdom. the 1st precise assessment of Korean historical past in approximately 1 / 4 century, this quantity will enlighten a brand new new release of scholars wanting to comprehend this contested sector of Asia.

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