A Concise History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present by Michael J. Seth PDF

By Michael J. Seth

ISBN-10: 1442235160

ISBN-13: 9781442235168

ISBN-10: 1442235179

ISBN-13: 9781442235175

Now in a completely revised and up to date version, this finished publication surveys Korean background from Neolithic occasions to the current. Michael J. Seth explores the origins and improvement of Korean society, politics, and nonetheless little-known cultural history from their inception to the 2 Korean states of this present day. Telling the extraordinary tale of the origins and evolution of a society that borrowed and followed from in another country, Seth describes how a number of tribal peoples within the peninsula got here jointly to shape one of many world’s such a lot distinct groups. He exhibits how this historical, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society was once wrenched into the realm of late-nineteenth-century imperialism, fell sufferer to eastern expansionism, after which turned arbitrarily divided into adverse halves, North and South, after global conflict II.

Tracing the seven many years because 1945, the booklet explains how the 2 Koreas, with their deeply diversified political and social platforms and geopolitical orientations, advanced into sharply contrasting societies. South Korea, after an unpromising begin, turned one of many few postcolonial constructing states to go into the ranks of the 1st global, with a globally aggressive economic climate, a democratic political procedure, and a worldly and dynamic tradition. North Korea, against this, grew to become one of many world’s such a lot totalitarian and remoted societies, a nuclear strength with an impoverished and famine-stricken inhabitants. Seth describes and analyzes the appreciably diverse and traditionally unparalleled trajectories of the 2 Koreas, previously one tight-knit society. all through, he provides a unprecedented measurement by means of putting Korean background into broader international standpoint. All readers trying to find a balanced, a professional historical past can be richly rewarded with this transparent and concise book.

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