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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A History of Korea

ISBN 9780230364523
Publication Date November 2010
Formats Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Essential Histories Series

Presenting the richness of Korean civilization from early state formation to the jarring transformations resulting in two distinctive trajectories of modern development, this book introduces the country's major historical events, patterns, and debates. Organised both chronologically and thematically, the 27 concise chapters explore recurring themes such as Korean identity, external influence, and family and gender. This lively narrative assumes no prior knowledge, inviting readers to appreciate both the distinctiveness and universality of Korean history.

KYUNG MOON HWANG is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Southern California, USA.  He is the author of Beyond Birth: Social Status in the Emergence of Modern Korea (Harvard University Press, 2004).

List of Chronologies and Maps
Brief Chronology
Map – to follow
Note on Romanization
Koguryô and Ancient Korea
Queen Sôndôk and Silla's Unification of Korea
The Unified Silla Dynasty
Founding of the Koryô Dynasty
Religion and Regionalism in the Koryô Order
The Mongol Overlord Period
Koryô-Chosôn Transition
Confucianism in the Early Chosôn Dynasty
The Great Invasions, 1592-1636
Politics, Ideology, Family, and Nationhood in the Mid-Chosôn Era
Intellectual Opening in the Late 18th Century
Popular Culture in the Late Chosôn
19th Century Unrest
1894, A Fateful Year
The Great Korean Empire
The Japanese Takeover, 1904-1918
The Long 1920s
Nation, Culture, and Everyday Life in the Late Colonial Period
Wartime Mobilization, 1938-45
The Liberation Period, 1945-1950
The Korean War
Early North Korea
1960s South Korea
Culture and Politics in 1970s South Korea
Monumental Life in North Korea
South Korean Democratization
South Korea in the New Millennium


'Hwang raises questions at every turn and challenges the reader to engage with issues that animated past generations, issues that concern us today, and issues that impinge on our collective future in a world where Korea and Koreans matter.' - James B. Lewis, Lecturer in Korean History, University of Oxford
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