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Korea: A Very Short Introduction

Michael J. Seth

January 2020

ISBN: 9780198830771

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Korea, long in the shadows of its neighbours China and Japan, is now the object of considerable interest. This book focuses on answering several historical questions: what does it mean to be Korean? How did this nation evolve into today's sharply contrasting societies? And how does Korea fit into the larger narrative of world history?

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Korea, long in the shadows of its neighbours China and Japan, is now the object of considerable interest. This book focuses on answering several historical questions: what does it mean to be Korean? How did this nation evolve into today's sharply contrasting societies? And how does Korea fit into the larger narrative of world history?

  • Offers a short and accessible history of Korea from earliest times to the present
  • Places Korea within the context of East Asian and global history
  • Considers what it means to be Korean, and analyses how this nation evolved, in a single lifetime, into today's sharply contrasting societies
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Michael J. Seth, James Madison University

Michael J. Seth is a professor of East Asian and world history at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has lived and worked in South Korea and is the author of Education Fever: Society, Politics and the Pursuit of Schooling in South Korea (University of Hawaii Press, 2002) and North Korea: A History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). He is also the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean History (Routledge, 2016).

Table of Contents

    Chronology
    List of illustrations
    Introduction
    1:Creating a peninsular kingdom
    2:A Confucian society
    3:From kingdom to colony
    4:From colony to competing states
    5:Competing states, diverging societies
    6:Globalizing south, inward north
    Further reading
    Index

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