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

By Michael J. Seth

Now in a completely revised and up to date variation, this complete booklet surveys Korean historical past 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 at the present time. Telling the amazing tale of the origins and evolution of a society that borrowed and followed from in another country, Seth describes how numerous tribal peoples within the peninsula got here jointly to shape one of many world’s such a lot detailed groups. He exhibits how this historic, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society used to be wrenched into the realm of late-nineteenth-century imperialism, fell sufferer to jap expansionism, after which grew to become arbitrarily divided into antagonistic halves, North and South, after global conflict II.

Tracing the seven many years given that 1945, the ebook explains how the 2 Koreas, with their deeply assorted political and social platforms and geopolitical orientations, developed into sharply contrasting societies. South Korea, after an unpromising begin, grew to become one of many few postcolonial constructing states to go into the ranks of the 1st international, with a globally aggressive economic system, a democratic political method, and a worldly and dynamic tradition. North Korea, against this, turned one of many world’s such a lot totalitarian and remoted societies, a nuclear energy with an impoverished and famine-stricken inhabitants. Seth describes and analyzes the substantially varied and traditionally unparalleled trajectories of the 2 Koreas, previously one tight-knit society. all through, he provides an extraordinary size by means of putting Korean heritage into broader international point of view. All readers trying to find a balanced, a professional historical past might be richly rewarded with this transparent and concise book.

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