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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A History of Korea

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137573568
Publication Date October 2016
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave
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, it explores 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, while integrating it into East Asian history more broadly.

Fully revised throughout, this second edition explores recent developments in Korean history and places greater emphasis on historiography, with each chapter including extensive discussion of how the events and themes under consideration have been viewed up to the present day.

Kyung Moon Hwang is Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California, USA. A graduate of Oberlin College and Harvard University, his research covers the modern transformation of Korea, with a focus on state and society in the early 20th century and history disputes in the late 20th century.

List of Chronologies and Maps
Brief Chronology
Note on Romanization
1. Goguryeo and Ancient Korea
2. Queen Seondeok and Silla's Unification of Korea
3. The Unified Silla Kingdom
4. Founding of the Goryeo Dynasty
5. Religion and Regionalism in the Goryeo Order
6. The Mongol Overlord Period
7. Goryeo-Joseon Transition
8. Confucianism and the Family in the Early Joseon Era
9. The Great Invasions, 1592-1636
10. Ideology, Family, and Nationhood in the Mid-Joseon Era
11. Intellectual Opening in the Late Eighteenth Century
12. Popular Culture in the Late Joseon Era
13. Nineteenth-Century Unrest
14. 1894, A Fateful Year
15. The Great Korean Empire
16. The Japanese Takeover, 1904-1918
17. The Long 1920s
18. Nation, Culture, and Everyday Life in the Late Colonial Period
19. Wartime Mobilization, 1938-45
20. The Liberation Period, 1945-50
21. The Korean War^rth Korea
23. 1960s South Korea
24. Culture and Politics in 1970s South Korea
25. Monumental Life in North Korea
26. South Korean Democratization
27. South Korea in the 21st Century
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‘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, University of Oxford, UK
‘Hwang has packed this concise book with pertinent facts and illustrative examples, as well as useful presentations about the interpretive debates that animate the historiography of Korea. Written in lucid and engaging prose, A History of Korea provides a superb introduction to the sweep of Korea’s past, from ancient to recent times.’ – Charles Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
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