The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History, Revised & Updated / Edition 2

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Don Oberdorfer has written a gripping narrative history of Korea's travails and triumphs over the past three decades. The Two Koreas places the tensions between North and South within a historical context, with a special emphasis on the involvement of outside powers.
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Editorial Reviews

Donald P. Gregg
This truly important work will, without question, become the standard against which other books on modern Korea will be judged.
Los Angeles Times
At a time when frivolous sensationalism dominates the media, it illustrates the virtues of a life given to honest, independent, inquiring journalism.
Carter J. Eckert
Combining the depth and authority of a first-rate textbook with the readability of a good novel, it has proven to be a wonderful teaching tool for instructors and students alike.
James A. Baker
Oberdorfer is one of America's keenest analysts of the international scene.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465051625
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Oberdorfer wrote for the Washington Post for twenty-five years. He was a National Book Award finalist for Tet! The Turning Point in the Vietnam War and holds a Woodrow Wilson Award from Princeton for public service. He is currently a resident scholar at Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition
A Note on Korean Names
1 Where the Wild Birds Sing 1
The Emergence of Two Koreas 3
War and Its Aftermath 8
The Origins of Negotiation 11
Kim Il Sung 16
Conversations with the South 23
2 The End of the Beginning 27
Park Chung Hee 31
Washington Blinks at Park's Coup 37
The Impact of Yushin 41
3 The Trouble Deepens 47
The Struggle with Japan 51
The Underground War 56
Challenge from the North 59
Echoes of Saigon 64
The South Korean Nuclear Weapons Program 68
Murder in the Demilitarized Zone 74
4 The Carter Chill 84
Carter's Withdrawal: Origins and Implementation 85
The View from Pyongyang 94
End of the Carter Withdrawal 101
5 Assassination and Aftermath 109
The Coming of Chun Doo Hwan 116
The Kwangju Uprising 124
The Fight to Save Kim Dae Jung 133
6 Terror and Talk 139
The Negotiating Track 144
Floods and Face-to-Face Talks 147
Kim Il Sung and the Soviet Connection 153
7 The Battle for Democracy in Seoul 161
Chun's Succession Struggle 162
The Election of 1987 172
8 The Great Olympic Coming-Out Party 179
The Coming of the Olympics 180
The Bombing of Kal Flight 858 183
The Rise of Nordpolitik 186
Washington Launches a Modest Initiative 192
9 Moscow Switches Sides 197
The Roots of Change 200
Gorbachev Meets Roh 204
The Shevardnadze Mission 213
"How Long Will the Red Flag Fly?" 218
Soviet-South Korean Economic Negotiations 225
10 China Shifts Its Ground 229
A Visit to North Korea 232
China Changes Course 239
11 Joining the Nuclear Issue 249
The Origins of the Nuclear Program 251
Nuclear Diplomacy: The American Weapons 255
The December Accords 260
Meeting in New York 265
The Coming of the Inspectors 267
From Accommodation to Crisis 271
12 Withdrawal and Engagement 281
The Light-Water Reactor Plan 287
Kim Young Sam Blows the Whistle 291
The Season of Crisis Begins 297
13 Showdown over Nuclear Weapons 305
The Defueling Crisis 306
The Military Track 311
The Deepening Conflict 316
Carter in Pyongyang 326
14 Death and Accord 337
The Succession of Kim Jong Il 345
The Framework Negotiations 351
The Kim Jong Il Regime 359
The Struggle over the Reactors 365
15 North Korea in Crisis 369
Political Earthquake in Seoul 376
Summit Diplomacy and the Four-Party Proposal 382
The Submarine Incursion 387
North Korea's Steep Decline 393
The Passage of Hwang Jang Yop 399
The Two Koreas in Time of Trouble 406
16 Turn Toward Engagement 409
Into the Heavens, under the Earth 410
Toward an Aid-Based State 414
Perry to the Rescue 418
Toward the June Summit 423
Summit in Pyongyang 428
Engaging the United States 435
Afterword 443
Principal Korean Figures in the Text 447
Acknowledgments 451
Notes and Sources 461
Index 503
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