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Concise History of Modern Korea: From the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present
     

Concise History of Modern Korea: From the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present

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by Michael J. Seth
 

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ISBN-10: 0742567133

ISBN-13: 2900742567138

Pub. Date: 10/15/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This comprehensive and balanced history of modern korea explores the social, economic, and political issues it has faced since being catapulted into the wider world at the end of the nineteenth century. Placing this formerly insular society in a global context, Michael J. Seth describes how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society first fell

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This comprehensive and balanced history of modern korea explores the social, economic, and political issues it has faced since being catapulted into the wider world at the end of the nineteenth century. Placing this formerly insular society in a global context, Michael J. Seth describes how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society first fell victim to Japanese imperialist expansionism and then was arbitrarily divided in half after World War II. Seth traces the postwar paths of the two Koreas-with different political and social systems and different geopolitical orientations-as they evolved into sharply contrasting societies. South Korea, after an unpromising start, became one of the few postcolonial developing states to enter the ranks of the first world, with a globally competitive economy, a democratic political system, and a cosmopolitan and dynamic culture. By contrast, North Korea became one of the world's most totalitarian and isolated societies, a nuclear power with an impoverished and famine-stricken population. Considering the radically different and historically unprecedented trajectories of the two Koreas, Seth assesses the insights they offer for understanding not only modern Korea but the broader perspective of world history.

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ISBN-13:
2900742567138
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 Korea, 1876-1910 9

2 Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 43

3 Division and War, 1945-1953 83

4 North Korea, 1953-1993 117

5 South Korea from Poverty to Prosperity, 1953-1997 149

6 South Korea-Creating a Democratic Society, 1953-1997 181

7 North Korea in Recent Years 213

8 South Korea in Recent Years 239

Conclusion 271

Annotated Selected Bibliography 277

Index 285

About the Author 295

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