Korea in the Cross Currents: A Century of Struggle and the Crisis of Reunification

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The Korean peninsula underwent a continuous number of earth-shaking events in the 20th century. North and South Korea are situated among China, Japan, and Russia; they are also profoundly influenced by the United States because of the circumstances of the Korean War (1950-1953). Issues of war and peace, left over from the Korean war, remain unresolved; two separate states are the residue of the Cold War. This anomaly still poses ominous prospects for war or peace in Asia and American national security interests. At the same time, the complexity of the division places the future at risk. There was one terrible war that divided the 20th century in half and there are threats of more trouble to come. This study of the history of the past century provides some answers and opens the way to informed speculations as the two Koreas struggle over unification.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...a succinct overview and thoughtful analysis of the key events that have affected and continue to affect the Korean people."--Journal of Asian Studies
“Required reading for Asians and Americans.” —Virginia Quarterly Review
“...a useful introduction to modern Korean history. Its brevity and accessibility will make it a popular choice among readers...” —Choice

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Required reading for Asians and Americans.
...a useful introduction to modern Korean history. Its brevity and accessibility will make it a popular choice among readers...
Virginia Quarterly Review
Required reading for Asians and Americans.
After 20 years in the CIA and founding Myers (Stanford U.) reviews the Asian country's history over the course of the 20th century. His topics include the Chinese tributary system, Japanese colonization from 1910 to 1945, independence, the Cold War, the economy, democratic politics, and whether the North Korean regime can be dismantled. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312238155
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/4/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Myers is the author of numerous books including Korea: The Year 2000, co-edited with Han Sung-joo and US Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: The Relevance of Realism.

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Table of Contents

Korea at the Beginning of the 21st Century – A Guide for the Perplexed
• Korea and the Chines Tributary System – Will the Past Resemble the Future?
• Japanese Colonialism in Korea, 1910-1945
• The Fight for Independence
• OSS and the Korean Independence Project
• The Cold War Erupts in Korea
• The Bumble Bee Economy
• North Korea – Can the Cold War Regime be Dismantled?
• Kim Dae-jung and the Future of Korea

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