9781538128985-1538128985-A Concise History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present

A Concise History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present

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ISBN-13: 9781538128985
ISBN-10: 1538128985
Edition: Third
Author: Michael J., Seth
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Format: Paperback 616 pages
Category: History
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ISBN-13: 9781538128985
ISBN-10: 1538128985
Edition: Third
Author: Michael J., Seth
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Format: Paperback 616 pages
Category: History

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Acknowledged authors Michael J. , Seth wrote A Concise History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present comprising 616 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1538128985 and 9781538128985. Since then A Concise History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present textbook received total rating of 3.5 stars and was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 30.80 or rent at the marketplace.

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Now in a fully revised and updated edition including new primary sources and illustrations, this comprehensive book surveys Korean history from Neolithic times to the present. Michael J. Seth explores the origins and development of Korean society, politics, and still little-known cultural heritage from their inception to the two Korean states of today. Telling the remarkable story of the origins and evolution of a society that borrowed and adopted from abroad, Seth describes how various tribal peoples in the peninsula came together to form one of the world’s most distinctive communities. He shows how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society was wrenched into the world of late-nineteenth-century imperialism, fell victim to Japanese expansionism, and then became arbitrarily divided into two opposed halves, North and South, after World War II.


Tracing the post-war years since 1945, the book explains how the two Koreas, with their deeply different political and social systems and geopolitical orientations, evolved into sharply contrasting societies. South Korea, after an unpromising start, became one of the few postcolonial developing states to enter the ranks of the first world, with a globally competitive economy, a democratic political system, and a cosmopolitan and dynamic culture. North Korea, by contrast, became one of the world’s most totalitarian and isolated societies, a nuclear power with an impoverished and famine-stricken population. Seth describes and analyzes the radically different and historically unprecedented trajectories of the two Koreas, formerly one tight-knit society. Throughout, he adds a rare dimension by placing Korean history into broader global perspective. All readers looking for a balanced, knowledgeable history will be richly rewarded with this clear and concise book.

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