Korea Old and New: A History / Edition 1

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Overview

This is the most reliable and popular history of Korea available in English. The tumultuous developments of the modern era receive the greatest coverage, but the book's balanced treatment of traditional Korea emphasizes cultural events as integrally related to the political, social, and economic evolution of this ancient nation. Five outstanding scholars give a wide-angle view of each distinct period, elucidating the past while providing new understanding of the vast changes that have taken place in Korea.
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London Review of Books

In four hundred clear and well-written pages, five eminent Korean and American historians provide a judicious survey of Korea's history from Paleolithic times to the present, giving due emphasis to its cultural achievements, including its magnificent pottery, and, not least, the development of metal moveable type in the first half of the 15th century.
— Jon Halliday

Korean Studies

By and large the best historical discussion in English of Korea's modern transformation.
— Soon Won Park

Journal of Contemporary Asia

Some of the recent scholarly work has tended to be rather ahistorical in approach, as if Korea—like Athena from the head of Zeus—somehow sprang full-grown onto the international scene in 1960. Korea Old and New...is an important antidote to [this] approach...Beginning with the Paleolithic Age, Korea Old and New moves with considerable grace through the early years of Korean culture, the Three Kingdoms era, Koryo and Yi dynasties, and on into the modern age...The strengths of this book are many, but in particular the comprehensive nature and the balanced analysis stand out as exceptional...Well-written and comprehensive, Korea Old and New...is required reading for anyone wishing to understand Korea.
— David C. Kang

Asian Studies Review

Each of these authors, recognized as specialists on their chosen periods, offers even-handed accounts of events which are often minefields of historical controversy...This volume may be confidently recommended as the best available text on the subject.
— James Cotton

London Review of Books - Jon Halliday
In four hundred clear and well-written pages, five eminent Korean and American historians provide a judicious survey of Korea's history from Paleolithic times to the present, giving due emphasis to its cultural achievements, including its magnificent pottery, and, not least, the development of metal moveable type in the first half of the 15th century.
Korean Studies - Soon Won Park
By and large the best historical discussion in English of Korea's modern transformation.
Journal of Contemporary Asia - David C. Kang
Some of the recent scholarly work has tended to be rather ahistorical in approach, as if Korea--like Athena from the head of Zeus--somehow sprang full-grown onto the international scene in 1960. Korea Old and New...is an important antidote to [this] approach...Beginning with the Paleolithic Age, Korea Old and New moves with considerable grace through the early years of Korean culture, the Three Kingdoms era, Koryo and Yi dynasties, and on into the modern age...The strengths of this book are many, but in particular the comprehensive nature and the balanced analysis stand out as exceptional...Well-written and comprehensive, Korea Old and New...is required reading for anyone wishing to understand Korea.
Asian Studies Review - James Cotton
Each of these authors, recognized as specialists on their chosen periods, offers even-handed accounts of events which are often minefields of historical controversy...This volume may be confidently recommended as the best available text on the subject.
London Review of Books
In four hundred clear and well-written pages, five eminent Korean and American historians provide a judicious survey of Korea's history from Paleolithic times to the present, giving due emphasis to its cultural achievements, including its magnificent pottery, and, not least, the development of metal moveable type in the first half of the 15th century.
— Jon Halliday
Korean Studies
By and large the best historical discussion in English of Korea's modern transformation.
— Soon Won Park
Journal of Contemporary Asia
Some of the recent scholarly work has tended to be rather ahistorical in approach, as if Korea--like Athena from the head of Zeus--somehow sprang full-grown onto the international scene in 1960. Korea Old and New...is an important antidote to [this] approach...Beginning with the Paleolithic Age, Korea Old and New moves with considerable grace through the early years of Korean culture, the Three Kingdoms era, Koryo and Yi dynasties, and on into the modern age...The strengths of this book are many, but in particular the comprehensive nature and the balanced analysis stand out as exceptional...Well-written and comprehensive, Korea Old and New...is required reading for anyone wishing to understand Korea.
— David C. Kang
Asian Studies Review
Each of these authors, recognized as specialists on their chosen periods, offers even-handed accounts of events which are often minefields of historical controversy...This volume may be confidently recommended as the best available text on the subject.
— James Cotton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780962771309
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/14/1991
  • Series: Korea Institute Series
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 957,165
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Carter Eckert is Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History at Harvard University.

Ki-Baik Lee is Professor of History, Sogang University, Seoul.

Michael Robinson is Associate Professor of Korean History at Indiana University.

Edward W. Wagner is Professor of Korean Studies, Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

1. The Communal Societies of Prehistoric Times

The Paleolithic Age

The Appearance of Neolithic Man

Society and Culture in the Neolithic Period

2. Walled-Town States and Confederated Kingdoms

Bronze Age Culture

Old Choson and Wiman Choson

The Formation of Confederated Kingdoms: Puyo, Koguryo, and the State of Chin

Society and Polity in the Confederated Kingdoms

Culture in the Confederated Kingdoms Period

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