By Jinwung Kim
Contemporary North and South Korea are international locations of radical contrasts: one a bellicose totalitarian nation with a failing financial system; the opposite a relaxed democracy with a robust economic climate. but their humans percentage a typical historical past that extends again greater than 3,000 years. during this accomplished new historical past of Korea from the prehistoric period to the current day, Jinwung Kim recounts the wealthy and interesting tale of the political, social, cultural, financial, and diplomatic advancements in Korea’s lengthy march to the current. He offers a close account of the origins of the Korean humans and language and the founding of the 1st walled-town states, besides the complicated civilization that existed within the old land of "Unified Silla." Clarifying the usually advanced historical past of the 3 Kingdoms interval, Kim chronicles the five-century lengthy heritage of the Choson dynasty, which left a deep influence on Korean tradition. From the start, China has loomed huge within the background of Korea, from the earliest occasions while the tribes that might finally make up the Korean kingdom roamed the huge plains of Manchuria and opposed to whom Korea may quickly outline itself. Japan, too, has performed a big function in Korean heritage, really within the twentieth century; Kim tells this tale besides, together with the conflicts that resulted in the present divided nation. the 1st exact evaluate of Korean historical past in approximately 1 / 4 century, this quantity will enlighten a brand new iteration of scholars desirous to comprehend this contested quarter of Asia.
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