A concise history of modern Korea : from the late nineteenth century to the present / Michael J. Seth.

By: Seth, Michael J, 1948-Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2010Description: vii, 295 p. ; 24 cmISBN: 9780742567122 (cloth : alk. paper); 0742567125 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780742567139 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0742567133 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780742567146 (electronic); 0742567141 (electronic)Subject(s): Korea -- History | Korea (South) -- History | Korea (North) -- HistoryDDC classification: 951.9 LOC classification: DS907.18 | .S424 2010Other classification: NP 6670
Contents:
Korea, 1876-1910 -- Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 -- Division and war, 1945-1953 -- North Korea, 1953-1993 -- South Korea from poverty to prosperity, 1953-1997 -- South Korea -- creating a democratic society, 1953-1997 -- North Korea in recent years -- South Korea in recent years.
Summary: This history of modern Korea explores the social, economic, and political issues it has faced since being catapulted into the wider world at the end of the nineteenth century. Placing this formerly insular society in a global context, the author describes how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society first fell victim to Japanese imperialist expansionism, and then was arbitrarily divided in half after World War II. He traces the postwar paths of the two Koreas with different political and social systems and different geopolitical orientations as they 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. By contrast, North Korea became one of the world's most totalitarian and isolated societies, a nuclear power with an impoverished and famine-stricken population. Considering the radically different and historically unprecedented trajectories of the two Koreas, he assesses the insights they offer for understanding not only modern Korea but the broader perspective of world history.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Korea, 1876-1910 -- Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 -- Division and war, 1945-1953 -- North Korea, 1953-1993 -- South Korea from poverty to prosperity, 1953-1997 -- South Korea -- creating a democratic society, 1953-1997 -- North Korea in recent years -- South Korea in recent years.

This history of modern Korea explores the social, economic, and political issues it has faced since being catapulted into the wider world at the end of the nineteenth century. Placing this formerly insular society in a global context, the author describes how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society first fell victim to Japanese imperialist expansionism, and then was arbitrarily divided in half after World War II. He traces the postwar paths of the two Koreas with different political and social systems and different geopolitical orientations as they 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. By contrast, North Korea became one of the world's most totalitarian and isolated societies, a nuclear power with an impoverished and famine-stricken population. Considering the radically different and historically unprecedented trajectories of the two Koreas, he assesses the insights they offer for understanding not only modern Korea but the broader perspective of world history.

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The second edition of Korea expert Seth's two-volume work provides an extremely dense history of Korea from antiquity to the present, focusing on economic and state or national formation. The first volume, subtitled From Antiquity through the Late Nineteenth Century, includes more information on art, literature, religion, and philosophy than the second volume, subtitled From the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present, but both would have benefitted from illustrations beyond the maps provided before the introductions, particularly in chapters 7 and 8 of the first volume. Whether exploring the rise and influence of Buddhism and Confucianism on the Korean people as they developed a homogeneous society or illuminating the distinctions between the arbitrarily divided peninsula into the radically divergent "lifestyles and living standards" separating North and South Korea, Seth (James Madison Univ.) provides a tremendous amount of material within a few succinct paragraphs. The title of a "concise history" is quite apt, and Seth's writing style and use of sources ensures the work a prominent place within the historiography, particularly for undergraduates. Both volumes benefit from revisions from the first edition (CH, Mar'07, 44-4017) (CH, Jun'10, 47-5815) that reflect the rapid development of Korean historical understanding in the West along with chapter essays on Korea in global perspective, which focus on specific issues of economic development; state formation and ideology in its many forms; foreign policy from antiquity to the present in East Asia; imperialism and colonialism; education and meritocracy; and warfare. In addition to these essays, Seth includes a selection of primary source extracts relating to ideas or individuals discussed at the end of each chapter. Excellent maps in both volumes, as well as appendixes providing information on Romanization, a glossary of Korean words, an annotated select bibliography, and good use of chapter notes and an index. --Kathryn Lynass, University of Maryland University College

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Michael J. Seth is associate professor of East Asian and world history at James Madison University.

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