9780198830771

Korea: A Very Short Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780198830771

  • ISBN10:

    0198830777

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-03-29
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

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 Very Short Introduction explores the history, culture, and society of a deeply divided region. Michael Seth considers what it means to be Korean, and analyses how the various peoples of the Korean peninsula became one of the world's most homogeneous nations, before exploring how this nation
evolved, in a single lifetime, into today's sharply contrasting societies. He also discusses how Korea fits into the larger narrative of both East Asian and world history, economically, politically, and socially.


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Author Biography


Michael J. Seth is a professor of East Asian and world history at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has lived and worked in South Korea and is the author of Education Fever: Society, Politics and the Pursuit of Schooling in South Korea (University of Hawaii Press, 2002) and North Korea: A History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). He is also the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean History (Routledge, 2016).

Table of Contents


Chronology
List of illustrations
Introduction
1. Creating a peninsular kingdom
2. A Confucian society
3. From kingdom to colony
4. From colony to competing states
5. Competing states, diverging societies
6. Globalizing south, inward north
Further reading
Index

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