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Korea : a very short introduction

Author: Michael J Seth
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2020. ©2020
Series: Very short introductions, 625.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Having spent centuries in the shadows of its neighbours China and Japan, Korea is now the object of considerable interest for radically different reasons - the South as an economic success story and for its vibrant popular culture; the North as the home to one of the world's most repressive regimes, at once both bizarre and menacing. This book explores the history, culture, and society of a deeply divided region.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Seth
ISBN: 9780198830771 0198830777
OCLC Number: 1110485163
Description: 139 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm.
Contents: Creating a peninsular kingdom --
A Confucian society --
From kingdom to colony --
From colony to competing states --
Competing states, diverging societies --
Globalizing south, inward north.
Series Title: Very short introductions, 625.
Responsibility: Michael J. Seth.


Korea, long in the shadows of its neighbours China and Japan, is now the object of considerable interest. This book focuses on answering several historical questions: what does it mean to be Korean?  Read more...


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