Everlasting Flower: A History of Korea

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Overview

The defiant dictatorship of North Korea and the thriving democracy of South Korea may appear starkly different, but they share a complex and often misunderstood history that is ably recounted in Everlasting Flower.
Keith Pratt traverses the ancient landscapes of the Koreas, from the kingdoms of Old Choson and Wiman Choson to the present-day 38th Parallel division. The book’s engaging narrative details the wars, ruling dynasties, Chinese and Japanese imperialism, and controversial historical events such as the abuses of the Japanese occupation.

Everlasting Flower applies an equally careful eye to religious practices, dress, and food, and augments the narrative with richly illustrated pictorial essays. As the Korean peninsula assumes a prominent role in world affairs, Everlasting Flower offers an invaluable survey of Korean history and culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861893352
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Pratt is professor emeritus in the Department of East Asian Studies at Durham University in the United Kingdom. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles on Korea, including Korea: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary.

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Table of Contents


Preface
Maps:  Early Kingdoms on the Korean Peninsula
             Modern Korea
Chronology of Korean History
 
Introduction
 
I.  The Creation of State Identity
1.  From Earliest Times to AD 668:  Cultural Patterns in Flux
2.  Unified Silla, AD 668-936:  The Building of Confidence
3.  Koryo, 918-1392:  The Struggle for Independence
4.  Early to Mid-Choson, 1392-1800:  The Search for an Acceptable Orthodoxy
 
II.  A Century of Insecurity
5.  The Hermit Kingdom, 1800-64:  Tradition at Work
6.  Incursion, Modernization and Reform, 1864-1905:  Tradition at Bay
 
III.  A Century of Suffering
7.  Culture under Threat, 1905-45:  The Colonial Era
8.  Partition and War, 1945-53:  Return to Disunity
9.  Post-War Korea:  Tradition and Change
 
Sources and Further Reading
Discography
Acknowledgements
Index
 
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