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A History of Korea


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IntroductionI. Dawn of the Korean Nation 1. The Prehistoric Age 2. The Origins of the Korean People 3. Old Choson 4. Confederated KingdomsII. The Period of the Three Kingdoms (57 BCE - 676 CE) 5. The Growth of Koguryo 6. The Rise and Decline of Paekche 7. The Rise and Growth of Silla 8. The Rise and Fall of Kaya 9. Silla's Unification 10. Political and Social Structure of the Three Kingdoms 11. Culture of the Three Kingdoms 12. The Three Kingdoms and Japan 13. "History War" with ChinaIII. Parhae, Unified Silla, and the Later Three Kingdoms (676 - 936) 14. Parhae's Rise and Growth 15. Government and Society of Unified Silla 16. Flourishing Culture of Unified Silla 17. The Later Three KingdomsIV. The First Half of the Koryo Period (918 -1170) 18. Forging a Centralized Government 19. Ruling Structure 20. Economic and Social Structure 21. Foreign Relations in the Early Koryo Period 22. Development of Aristocratic CultureV. The Second Half of the Koryo Period (1170 - 1392) 23. Disturbing Koryo Society 24. Koryo and the Mongols 25. The Downfall of KoryoVI. The First Half of the Choson Period (1392 - 1650) 26. Establishment of a New Order 27. Reorganization of the Ruling Structure 28. Social Structure and Economic Life 29. Territorial Expansion and Foreign Relations 30. Culture in Early Choson 31. The Growth of the Neo-Confucian Literati 32. The Struggle with the Japanese and ManchusVII. The Second Half of the Choson Period (1650 - 1910) 33. The Revival of the Dynasty 34. The Rehabilitation of Culture 35. The Dynasty in Disturbance 36. Culture in the 19th Century 37. Politics of the Taewon'gun 38. The Open Door Policy and the Reform Movement 39. The Tonghak Peasant War and the Kabo Reform 40. Japanese Aggression and the Downfall of ChosonVIII. The Period of Japanese Colonial Rule (1910 - 1945) 41. Government by Bayonet and the March First Movement 42. Japan's Shift to the "Cultural Policy" and Korean Nationalism 43. Japan's Tightening Grip on Korea and Korean Nationalism 44. Japan's Historical Distortions 45. Wartime Policy of the Allied Powers on KoreaIX. Liberation, Division, and War (1945 - 1953) 46. From Occupation to a Separate Government in South Korea 47. Economic and Social Problems in South Korea 48. North Korea after Liberation 49. The Two Koreas before the Korean War 50. The Korean WarX. The Period of Postwar Reconstruction (1953 - 1971) 51. The Establishment of Authoritarian Rule in South Korea 52. South Korean Economy and Society 53. South Korea's Relations with the United States and Japan 54. The Rise of the Juche (Chuch'e) State in North Korea 55. The North Korean Economy 56. North Korea's Foreign RelationsXI. Reversal of Fortune (1972 - 1992) 57. From Autocratic Rule to Democracy in South Korea 58. The Prospering South Korean Economy 59. Militaristic South Korean Society 60. South Korea's Foreign Relations 61. The Totalitarian State in North Korea 62. The North Korean Economy 63. North Korea's Foreign Relations 64. North-South Korean RelationsXII. Both Koreas in a New Phase (1993 - the Present) 65. South Korean Democracy in Full Bloom 66. South Korean Economy and Society 67. The Faltering Juche State in North Korea 68. North Korea's WMD Program 69. North-South Korean Relations 70. Shaking the ROK-U.S. Alliance 71. South Korea's Relations with Neighboring Countries 72. The Prospects for ReunificationTimeline of Korean HistorySelect BibliographyIndex

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A masterful account of the complex history of Korea

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Jinwung Kim is Professor of History at Kyungpook National University in Taegu, South Korea. He has published widely on South Korean-U.S. relations, with a particular focus on South Korean perceptions of the United States.


"Using the latest sources, including recently declassified Communist documents, Jinwung Kim's book holds promise of becoming the textbook of choice. Benefiting from his direct and intimate knowledge of the country, he writes with great clarity, providing rich and interesting descriptions of political, social, cultural, economic, and diplomatic developments throughout the history of Korea." James I. Mattray, California State University, Chico

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