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The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History

By Don Oberdorfer

Basic Books
Released: 2013-12-10
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An acclaimed history of the Korean Peninsula from World War II to the present day
North Korea is an impoverished, famine-ridden nation, but it is also a nuclear power whose dictator Kim Jong-un regularly threatens his neighbors and adversaries, the United States in particular, with destruction. Even though Kim and President Donald Trump's responses to him dominate the daily headlines, the idea that North Korea is a menace is not a new one. Indeed, ever since Korea was first divided at the end of World War II, the tension between its northern and southern halves has riveted-and threatened to embroil--the rest of the world. In this landmark history, veteran journalist Don Oberdorfer and Korea expert Robert Carlin grippingly describe how a historically homogenous people became locked in a perpetual struggle for supremacy--and how other nations including the United States have tried, and failed, to broker a lasting peace.

A Concise History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present

By Michael J. Seth

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Now in a fully revised and updated edition, this comprehensive book surveys Korean history from Neolithic times to the present. Michael J. Seth explores the origins and development of Korean society, politics, and still little-known cultural heritage from their inception to the two Korean states of today. Telling the remarkable story of the origins and evolution of a society that borrowed and adopted from abroad, Seth describes how various tribal peoples in the peninsula came together to form one of the world’s most distinctive communities. He shows how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society was wrenched into the world of late-nineteenth-century imperialism, fell victim to Japanese expansionism, and then became arbitrarily divided into two opposed halves, North and South, after World War II.

Tracing the seven decades since 1945, the book explains how the two Koreas, with their deeply different political and social systems and geopolitical orientations, evolved into sharply contrasting societies. South Korea, after an unpromising start, became one of the few postcolonial developing states to enter the ranks of the first world, with a globally competitive economy, a democratic political system, and a cosmopolitan and dynamic culture. North Korea, by contrast, became one of the world’s most totalitarian and isolated societies, a nuclear power with an impoverished and famine-stricken population. Seth describes and analyzes the radically different and historically unprecedented trajectories of the two Koreas, formerly one tight-knit society. Throughout, he adds a rare dimension by placing Korean history into broader global perspective. All readers looking for a balanced, knowledgeable history will be richly rewarded with this clear and concise book.

South Korea History: Origins of the Korean Nation, The Three Kingdoms Period, The Society, Cultural Identity, Economy, Government

By Uzo Marvin

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (312 pages)

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South Korea history, South Korea Cultural Identity, South Korea Education, South Korea Religion, South Korea Economy, South Korea Government, South Korea culture, South Korea travel guide. A small country, approximately the size of Britain, Korea is located on a peninsula that protrudes southward from the northeastern corner of the Asian continent. It is an old country, whose people evolved as one nation from the seventh century until 1945, when the country was divided by the United States and the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. The ensuing cold war created two Korean governments, one in the north known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and another in the south known as the Republic of Korea (ROK). The two Koreas engaged in a bitter war between 1950 and 1953 and remained divided as of 1990, even though the two governments began talk to each other in 1971. South Korea and North Korea took distinctly different paths of development after they were divided. By 1990 North Korea had emerged as a staunch communist society, while South Korea was evolving into a liberal democracy after many years of military dictatorship. The two societies, however, shared a common tradition and culture

A History of Korea (Macmillan Essential Histories)

By Kyung Moon Hwang

Palgrave MacMillan
Released: 2016-10-28
Paperback (296 pages)

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  • Palgrave MacMillan
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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 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, 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.

The Long Road to The Sixth ROK: The True History of South Korea

By Young Ran Kim

Released: 2017-04-24
Kindle Edition (268 pages)

The Long Road to The Sixth ROK: The True History of South Korea
 
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North Korea is threatening The U.S. and South Korea with their nuclear arsenals almost everyday. How did the leaders of the free world allow this dangerous situation to develop for seven long decades? This absorbing family memoire journeys through the long and dark time tunnel while this situation was slowly progressing in Korean peninsula. The Yalta Conference in February 1945, where the U.S. President FDR asked Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin to join the Pacific War, predetermined the fate of the Post WWII Korea. The bloody violence followed in Korean peninsula due to the inevitable division of the nation resulted by the involvement of the two world powers of the contrasting political ideology. The involvement of the Soviet Union in Korean affairs left the everlasting affect by implanting the Soviet trained Red Army Captain, Kim Il-sung, in North Korea and helping him to establish his power base and to start the Korean War. The result is the three generation communist dynasty with WMD today.

As gripping as any page-turning novel, THE LONG ROAD TO THE SIXTH ROK tells in historical prose, the story of what had happened to the author’s family and her father, including the effects of the US Army Military Government in Korea, the First Republic of Korea, and the Korean War. An intellectual and a conscientious educator, her father, was falsely accused of being a communist and survived life-threatening torture, starvation, and homelessness with six children when their beautiful home was confiscated by the powerful and sadistic security head for the president of the nation. The author reveals her profound admiration toward her father for maintaining sanity and integrity through the life-threatening trials, inspiring his children to become well-educated, good citizens of the society. Their story is the story of ceaseless struggle on the part of the civilians in South Korea, fighting for justice and democracy for over half a century until the truly democratic civilian government, THE SIXTH ROK.

This personal memoir of her family’s survival during the dark and violent times seeks to recover the long-silenced lives. In turn, the story navigates the intricate labyrinth of a corrupt political system by exposing secrets well hidden for over a half century: the secrets that allowed for not only rampant criminal activities and assassinations of beloved national leaders, but also the shocking massacre of thousands of innocent civilians. From the political to the personal, THE LONG ROAD journeys through a terrifying environment of violence to the ultimate survival of a nation, as lived by and told through her father and her family.

The author emphasized that the goal of this book is not to blame or criticize the political leaders of the United States of the previous century but to reveal the historical consequences of their miscalculated and short-sighted actions. Accurate historical facts are good reference points for present and future world leaders, especially the leaders of the United States, to develop better judgment and implement wiser long-term sustainable policies to resolve complicated geopolitical problems. All of us who live on this planet need a more peaceful world - indeed a new paradigm - where we can coexist without slaughtering each other, pursuing our dreams and hopes of a God-given life, free of the constant threat of war and the nuclear destruction of civilization itself.

The author has published 22 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and authored and co-authored 33 technical patents issued in the United States, Europe, and Japan. She has a Ph.D. in both Cell Biology and Anatomy, and a M.S. in Anatomy and a M.S. in Biochemistry, and a B.S. in Chemistry. Fans of Jung Chang’s “Wild Swans” will find in these pages the same intimacy of memoir woven with the panoramic sweep of bloody eyewitness history, a family history that spans a century, recounting the lives of three female generations in China.

The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation

By Michael Breen

Thomas Dunne Books
Released: 2017-04-04
Hardcover (480 pages)

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Just a few decades ago, the South Koreans were an impoverished, agricultural people. In one generation they moved from the fields to Silicon Valley. They accomplished this through three totally unexpected miracles: economic development, democratization, and the arrival of their culture to global attention.

Who are the Koreans? What are they like? The New Koreans examines how they have been perceived by outsiders, the features that color their “national character,” and how their emergence from backwardness, poverty, and brutality happened. It also looks at why they remain unhappy―with the lowest birth rates and highest suicide rates in the developed world.

In The New Koreans, Michael Breen provides compelling insight into the history and character of this fascinating nation of South Korea, and casts an eye to future developments, as well as across the DMZ into North Korea.

South Korea History: Origins of the Korean Nation, The Three Kingdoms Period, The Society, Cultural Identity, Economy, Government

By Henry Albinson

Released: 2016-03-07
Kindle Edition (272 pages)

South Korea History: Origins of the Korean Nation, The Three Kingdoms Period, The Society, Cultural Identity, Economy, Government
 
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South Korea history, South Korea Cultural Identity, South Korea Education, South Korea Religion, South Korea Economy, South Korea Government, South Korea culture, South Korea travel guide.
A small country, approximately the size of Britain, Korea is located on a peninsula that protrudes southward from the northeastern corner of the Asian continent. It is an old country, whose people evolved as one nation from the seventh century until 1945, when the country was divided by the United States and the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. The ensuing cold war created two Korean governments, one in the north known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and another in the south known as the Republic of Korea (ROK). The two Koreas engaged in a bitter war between 1950 and 1953 and remained divided as of 1990, even though the two governments began talk to each other in 1971.
South Korea and North Korea took distinctly different paths of development after they were divided. By 1990 North Korea had emerged as a staunch communist society, while South Korea was evolving into a liberal democracy after many years of military dictatorship. The two societies, however, shared a common tradition and culture

The Japan–South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States (Contemporary Asia in the World)

By Brad Glosserman

Columbia University Press
Released: 2017-03-28
Paperback (240 pages)

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Japan and South Korea are Western-style democracies with open-market economies committed to the rule of law. They are also U.S. allies. Yet despite their shared interests, shared values, and geographic proximity, divergent national identities have driven a wedge between them. Drawing on decades of expertise, Brad Glosserman and Scott A. Snyder investigate the roots of this split and its ongoing threat to the region and the world.

Glosserman and Snyder isolate competing notions of national identity as the main obstacle to a productive partnership between Japan and South Korea. Through public opinion data, interviews, and years of observation, they show how fundamentally incompatible, rapidly changing conceptions of national identity in Japan and South Korea―and not struggles over power or structural issues―have complicated territorial claims and international policy. Despite changes in the governments of both countries and concerted efforts by leading political figures to encourage U.S.–ROK–Japan security cooperation, the Japan–South Korea relationship continues to be hobbled by history and its deep imprint on ideas of national identity. This book recommends bold, policy-oriented prescriptions for overcoming problems in Japan–South Korea relations and facilitating trilateral cooperation among these three Northeast Asian allies, recognizing the power of the public on issues of foreign policy, international relations, and the prospects for peace in Asia.

South Korea at the Crossroads: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers (A Council on Foreign Relations Book)

By Scott A. Snyder

Columbia University Press
Released: 2018-01-23
Hardcover (376 pages)

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Against the backdrop of China’s mounting influence and North Korea’s growing nuclear capability and expanding missile arsenal, South Korea faces a set of strategic choices that will shape its economic prospects and national security. In South Korea at the Crossroads, Scott A. Snyder examines the trajectory of fifty years of South Korean foreign policy and offers predictions―and a prescription―for the future. Pairing a historical perspective with a shrewd understanding of today’s political landscape, Snyder contends that South Korea’s best strategy remains investing in a robust alliance with the United States.

Snyder begins with South Korea’s effort in the 1960s to offset the risk of abandonment by the United States during the Vietnam War and the subsequent crisis in the alliance during the 1970s. A series of shifts in South Korean foreign relations followed: the “Nordpolitik” engagement with the Soviet Union and China at the end of the Cold War; Kim Dae Jung’s “Sunshine Policy,” designed to bring North Korea into the international community; “trustpolitik,” which sought to foster diplomacy with North Korea and Japan; and changes in South Korea’s relationship with the United States. Despite its rise as a leader in international financial, development, and climate-change forums, South Korea will likely still require the commitment of the United States to guarantee its security. Although China is a tempting option, Snyder argues that only the United States is both credible and capable in this role. South Korea remains vulnerable relative to other regional powers in northeast Asia despite its rising profile as a middle power, and it must balance the contradiction of desirable autonomy and necessary alliance.


 
 
 

 
 
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