A History of Korea combines Seth's previous surveys of Korean history (A Concise History of Korea; A Concise History of Modern Korea) to provide a general history of Korea from prehistoric times to the present. The book fills an important need for an up-to-date reference survey that includes coverage of both the modern and pre-modern periods in one volume. Seth proceeds chronologically, dividing each major period into topical overviews. Political and social history receive the greatest emphasis, and each chapter ends with one or two selections translated from Korean-language primary sources. Substantial endnotes and an annotated bibliography will help readers push more deeply into English studies of Korean history, and a Korean pronunciation guide will aid students. The prose is extremely clear... An excellent choice for any collegiate library that covers East Asia at all. Summing Up: Highly recommended. CHOICE This textbook is as trustworthy and user-friendly as any other English-language surveys of Korean history from ancient time to the present day and includes much more information. For example, no other survey of Korean history from ancient times to the present includes as much information on North Korea after 1945 than Seth includes in two of his chapters, one on the North from 1945 to 1993 and another covering from 1993 until just a couple years before Kim Jong Il' s death. Seth stands out on his treatment of prehistory as well. Devoting a full chapter on prehistory, Seth takes his time discussing the beginnings of pottery, agriculture, and bronze making... Overall, A History of Korea is a reliable and comprehensive guide. Journal of Korean Studies Michael Seth somehow manages to pack an enormous amount of information into his short overview of the Korean peninsula's long history. With a useful glossary and a helpful bibliography, A History of Korea is especially recommended for those without any prior knowledge of Korean history and culture. -- John Lie, University of California, BerkeleyReseña del editor:
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 its still little-known cultural heritage from their inception to the two Korean states of today. Telling the remarkable story of the origins and evolution of a society that borrowed and adopted from abroad, Seth describes how various tribal peoples in the peninsula came together to form one of the world's most distinctive communities. He shows how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society was wrenched into the world of late-nineteenth-century imperialism, fell victim to Japanese expansionism, and then became arbitrarily divided into two opposed halves, North and South, after World War II. Tracing the past seven decades, the book explains how the two Koreas, with their deeply different political and social systems and geopolitical orientations, evolved into sharply contrasting societies. South Korea, after an unpromising start, became one of the few postcolonial developing states to enter the ranks of the first world, with a globally competitive economy, a democratic political system, and a cosmopolitan and dynamic culture. North Korea, by contrast, became one of the world's most totalitarian and isolated societies, a nuclear power with an impoverished and famine-stricken population. Seth describes and analyzes the radically different and historically unprecedented trajectories of the two Koreas, formerly one tight-knit society. Throughout, he adds a rich dimension by placing Korean history into broader global perspective and by including primary readings from each era. All readers looking for a balanced, knowledgeable history will be richly rewarded with this clear and concise book.
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Descripción Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, 2010. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110742567168
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Descripción Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. annotated edition. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0742567168