A Concise History of Korea: From the Neolithic Period through the Nineteenth Century / Edition 1
This engaging text provides a concise history of Korea from the beginning of human settlement in the region through the late nineteenth century. Its thorough chronological narrative equally emphasizes social, cultural, and political history. Students will be especially drawn to descriptions of everyday life for both elite and nonelite members of society during various historical periods. A Concise History of Korea emphasizes how Korean history can be understood as part of an interactive sphere that includes three basic areas: China, Japan, and the Manchurian/Central Asian region. Throughout the book, comparisons are drawn between developments in Korea and those in neighboring regions, especially China and Japan. Michael Seth synthesizes recent scholarship to provide a straightforward understanding of Korean history, also addressing important historiographical issues in an accessible, nontechnical manner. Historical maps illustrate the changes in the region over time. The annotated bibliography of works in English is a useful addition for students, who will find this book to be a clear and comprehensive Korean history.
Chapter 1: The Origins Chapter 2: The Three Kingdoms Chapter 3: United Silla Chapter 4: Koryo Chapter 5: Military Rulers and Mongol Invaders Chapter 6: The Neo-Confucian Revolution and the Choson State Chapter 7: Choson Society Chapter 8: Late Choson Chapter 9: Korea in the Nineteenth Century