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A concise history of Korea : from antiquity to the present

Author: Michael J Seth
Publisher: Lanham ; Boulder ; New York : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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In this comprehensive yet compact book, Michael J. Seth surveys Korean history from Neolithic times to the present. He explores the origins and development of Korean society, politics, and still little-known cultural heritage, showing how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society was wrenched into the modern world, ultimately to be arbitrarily divided into two opposed halves after World War II.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Seth
ISBN: 9781442235168 1442235160 9781442235175 1442235179
OCLC Number: 920818502
Description: xiv, 589 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. The origins --
The Koreans --
Early inhabitants --
The age of rice farming begins --
Sources for Early Korea --
Chosŏn --
The Chinese commanderies --
Chinese commanderies and their neighbors : the Northern peoples --
Chinese commanderies and their neighbors : the Southern peoples --
Politics of the Third Century --
Korea in global perspective : 5,000 years of history --
2. The period of the Three Kingdoms, Fourth Century to 676 --
The emergence of the Three Kingdoms --
The Wa and Mimana --
Korea and Northeast Asia in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries --
Culture and society of the Three Kingdoms --
The Bone-Ranks, the Hwabaek, and the Hwarang --
The changing environment of the Sixth and Seventh Centuries --
The unification of Korea under Silla --
Korea in global perspective : state formation --
3. Late Silla, 676 to 935 --
The peninsular kingdom --
Consolidation of central monarchical rule under Silla, 676-780 --
Silla and the Chinese model --
Supporting the Silla state --
Silla society --
Religion and aristocratic culture --
Silla and its neighbors--
Parhae --
The decline of Silla --
The later Three Kingdoms --
Korea in global perspective : Silla's rise and fall --
4. Koryŏ, 935 to 1170 --
The new Koryŏ state --
Koryŏ in East Asia --
Internal politics, 935-1170 --
Koryŏ culture --
The Samguk Sagi --
Koryŏ society --
Korea in global perspective : Koryŏ's examination system --
5. Military rulers and Mongol invaders, 1170 to 1392 --
Military rule --
Sŏn Buddhism --
Korea, Japan, and Feudal Europe --
The Mongol invasions --
The legacy of the Mongol period --
Late Koryŏ society --
The end of the Koryŏ --
Late Koryŏ culture --
The rise of Neo-Confucianism --
Korea in global perspective : the Mongols and Korea --
6. The Neo-Confucian revolution and the Chosŏn State, 1392 to the Eighteenth Century --
Establishing the Yi Dynasty --
The Neo-Confucianist project --
The Chosŏn state --
The Censorate and the Classics Mat --
Historians --
The examination system --
Education --
Agricultural improvements and the state --
Military and foreign affairs --
The Japanese and Manchu invasions --
Competition for power among the elite --
Chosŏn politics in perspective --
Korea in global perspective : Chosŏn as an ideologically driven state --
7. Chosŏn society --
The family --
Women during the Yi Dynasty --
Social structure --
Slaves and outcastes --
Crime and punishment --
Religious beliefs and practices --
Philosophy --
Arts, literature, and science --
Technology and inventions --
Korea in global perspective : women in Korea --
Korea in global perspective : Chosŏn social hierarchy --
8. Late Chosŏn, Early Eighteenth Century to 1876 --
The politics of Late Chosŏn --
Late Chosŏn and the Confucian World Order --
Korean travelers to China and Japan --
Taxation and reform --
Agriculture --
Commerce and trade --
Cultural flowering of Late Chosŏn --
Sirhak --
Everyday life --
Korea in the Nineteenth Century : the "Hermit Kingdom" --
Internal problems in the Nineteenth Century --
Korea in global perspective : the Hermit kingdom? --
9. Korea in the Age of Imperialism, 1876 to 1910 --
Early contacts with the West --
The opening of Korea --
Early reforms, 1876-1884 --
The Chinese decade, 1885-1894 --
The Tonghak Rebellion --
Kabo reforms --
The Russian ascendancy and the Independence Club --
The Russo-Japanese War and the Protectorate --
The Protectorate, 1905-1910 --
Korea in transition --
Korea in global perspective : Korea in the Age of Imperialism --
10. Colonial Korea, 1910 to 1945 --
The March First Movement --
The Post-March First Period --
Cultural ferment of the 1920s --
Moderate and radical Nationalism --
Economic development --
Modernity and social change --
Rural society --
Wartime Colonialism, 1931-1945 --
Forced assimilation --
A society in turmoil : the legacy of Colonial rule --
Korea in global perspective : the Korean Nationalist Movement --
Korea in global perspective : Korea's colonial experience --
11. Division and war, 1945 to 1953 --
The end of Colonial rule in Korea --
North Korea under Soviet occupation --
South Korea under U.S. occupation --
Trusteeship --
Establishing a separate regime in the North --
The beginnings of a new regime in the South --
Toward division --
The Republic of Korea --
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea --
On the eve of the Korean War --
The Korean War --
The impact of the Korean War --
Korea in global perspective : divided countries --
Korea in global perspective : the Korean War --
12. North Korea : recovery, transformation, and decline, 1953 to 1993 --
The divergent paths of the two Koreas --
North Korea's recovery --
North Korea's great Leap forward --
The political consolidation of Kim II Sung and his Manchurian guerrilla comrades --
Creating a monolithic state --
The cult of the Kim family --
Kim II Sung's Juche society --
Everyday life --
Foreign policy --
Economic problems --
Korea in global perspective : North Korea as a Communist country --
13. South Korea : from poverty to prosperity, 1953 to 1997 --
The Syngman Rhee years, 1953-1960 --
The democratic experiment, 1960-1961 --
The military coup --
Economic transformation --
Economic growth under Park Chung Hee --
Chaebŏls --
Transformation of the countryside --
Economic development in the 1980s --
Explaining South Korea's economic miracle --
Education --
Korea in global perspective : educational development --
Korea in global perspective : economic development --
14. South Korea : creating a Democratic Society, 1953 to 1997 --
Military authoritarianism --
the Yushin Era, 1971-1979 --
Seoul spring, 1979-1980 --
The Fifth Republic --
1987 : a political turning point --
Transition to democracy --
Understanding the democratic turn --
Student activism --
Organized labor --
Social and cultural transition --
Korea in global perspective : democratization --
15. Contemporary North Korea, 1993 to 2015 --
In decline : a period of crisis --
Under Kim Jong II --
Ideology --
Famine --
Crisis and summitry --
Tentative reforms --
Confrontations and the policy of survival --
North Korea under Kim Jong Un --
Korea in global perspective : North Korea's famine --
Korea in global perspective : North Korea as a failed state --
16. Contemporary South Korea, 1997 to 2015 --
Return to civilian government --
Economic crisis and recovery --
Domestic politics --
Foreign policy --
Rethinking reunification --
A society undergoing rapid change --
Changing gender relations, changing families --
Ethnic homogeneity and multiculturalism --
Facing history and preserving heritage --
New crises and new problems --
Korea in global perspective : South Korea's place in the world.
Other Titles: History of Korea.
Responsibility: Michael J. Seth.

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