The history of Korea
Part of the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series
This revised edition examines North and South Korea's political, socio-economic, and cultural history from the Neolithic period to the early 21st century, including issues of recent political unrest and preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Korea continues to be featured in the news, especially after the succession of Kim Jong-un as leader of North Korea and his threats of nuclear attack.
Yet the reported instability of the North is contrasted by the rapid modernization revolution of the South.
Author Djun Kil Kim analyzes how tragic experiences in the regions' collective history-particularly Japanese colonial rule and the division of the country-have contributed to the dichotomous state of affairs in the Koreas. This comprehensive overview traces the development of two contradistinctive nations-North and South Korea-with communism in the north and democracy and industrialization in the south transforming the geopolitical and geo-economic condition of each area.
Author Kim explores specific doctrines that revolutionized Korea: Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism in the mid-7th and the late 14th centuries; and communism and American functionalism in the 20th century.
The second edition includes an updated timeline, new biographical sketches of notable people, and an additional chapter covering the events of 2004 through the present day. Includes an expanded bibliography with additional print and electronic sourcesProvides updated accounts of both North and South Korea's more recent events that enable readers to grasp the global significance and power of both nations