A concise, lively history of Korea, which explores the richness of Korean civilization from the ancient era through to the jarring transformation that resulted in two distinctive trajectories through the modern world. Chapters flow both chronologically and thematically, covering themes such as identity, gender and family.
About the Author
KYUNG MOON HWANG is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Southern California, USA. He is the author of Beyond Birth: Social Status in the Emergence of Modern Korea (Harvard University Press, 2004).
Table of Contents
List of Chronologies and Maps Brief Chronology Map – to follow Acknowledgements Introduction Note on Romanization Koguryô and Ancient Korea Queen Sôndôk and Silla's Unification of Korea The Unified Silla Dynasty Founding of the Koryô Dynasty Religion and Regionalism in the Koryô Order The Mongol Overlord Period Koryô-Chosôn Transition Confucianism in the Early Chosôn Dynasty The Great Invasions, 1592-1636
Politics, Ideology, Family, and Nationhood in the Mid-Chosôn Era Intellectual Opening in the Late 18th Century Popular Culture in the Late Chosôn
19th Century Unrest
1894, A Fateful Year The Great Korean Empire The Japanese Takeover, 1904-1918
The Long 1920s Nation, Culture, and Everyday Life in the Late Colonial Period Wartime Mobilization, 1938-45
The Liberation Period, 1945-1950
The Korean War Early North Korea
1960s South Korea Culture and Politics in 1970s South Korea Monumental Life in North Korea South Korean Democratization South Korea in the New Millennium