Author: Christoph Bluth

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745633579

Category: History

Page: 204

View: 4459


Korea is one of the critical flashpoints in the world today. News of North Korea′s recent nuclear tests, conducted in defiance of international pressure, drew widespread condemnation and raised serious concerns about the threat now posed to regional and international security by the regime of North Korea′s dear leader Kim Jong–Il. This book penetrates the veil surrounding the conflict on the Korean peninsula and North Korea′s missile and nuclear programmes. It provides a thorough historical analysis of relations between the two Koreas since the Korean War, which traces both North Korea′s path to economic ruin and South Korea′s transition from struggling dictatorship to vibrant democracy. As well as examining the political and economic development of North and South Korea at the domestic level, the book goes on to explore regional relations with Russia, China and Japan and, most importantly, America′s dealings with Korea and its negotiations with North Korea, in particular. It concludes with an analysis of North Korea′s current nuclear programme and its likely impact on international security in the 21st century.

Korea, a Century of Change

Author: Jrgen Kleiner

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789812799951

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 444

View: 5784


This book provides an evenhanded coverage of Korea''s turbulent history during the last one hundred years, from seclusion to division. It focuses particularly on the development of the two different and antagonistic states on the peninsula since 1945. The author sees both countries through the windows of their possibilities and interests. He supplements his narrative, which makes use of rich source material, with observations he has made in South Korea, where he spent more than ten years from the 1970s to the 1990s, and where he had access to politicians and opinion leaders. The book starts by describing how the Hermit Kingdom was exposed to the greed of foreign powers at the end of the 19th century and how it became the victim of imperialistic Japan, then account is given of the country''s division and the hardening of that division through the Korean War. The rule of the military and the final triumph of civilian democrats in South Korea are analyzed in much detail. One chapter is devoted to the rise and intermittent decline of the South Korean economy. The history of North Korea under Kim II Sung and under his son is told, before the foreign relations of both Koreas are explained. A chapter on the so far overwhelmingly antagonistic South-North relations concludes the book. Sample Chapter(s). Foreword (95 KB). Chapter 1: The Hermit Kingdom (172 KB). Contents: Korea and the Modern Age: The Hermit Kingdom; Within Reach of the World Powers; The Japanese Rule; Divided Korea: The Origins of the Division of Korea; The Korean War Phase One: Towards Reunification; The Korean War Phase Two: The Division Hardens; Politics and Economics in the Republic of Korea: Syngman Rhee''s Korea; The Rise of Park Chung Hee; The Yushin System; Steps to Power; No Better Country?; OC Down with Military DictatorshipOCO The Beginnings of Democratic Rule; Civilian Leadership; The Economy; The Democratic People''s Republic of Korea: The State of Kim II Sung; North Korea Under the Son; Foreign Relations: South Korea''s Great Partner; The Neighbor in the East; Northern Policy; North Korea''s Foreign Partners; Nuclear Dangers and Beyond; South-North Relations: Confrontation and Dialogue. Readership: General."


Author: Jill DuBois

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761417866

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 7851


Presents the history, geography, government, economy, people, and social life and customs of Korea.

A History of Korea

Author: Kyung Moon Hwang

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137573597

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 3361


A concise, lively history of Korea, which explores the richness of Korean civilization from the ancient era through to the jarring transformation that resulted in two distinctive trajectories through the modern world. This new edition of a successful text brings it up-to-date with the latest scholarship and developments in Korea's history.


A Religious History

Author: James Huntley Grayson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780700716050

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 3118


This is an historical survey of all the religious traditions of Korea in relation to the socio-cultural trends of seven different periods of Korean history. The book includes a discussion of the history of the study of religion in Korea, a chronological description of Korean folk religion including shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, Islam, and Korean New Religions, and some final observations about the unique characteristics of religious beliefs and practices in Korea.


The Land, People, and Customs

Author: George Heber Jones

Publisher: N.A


Category: Korea

Page: 110

View: 3121



Author: David Rees

Publisher: Hippocrene Books

ISBN: 9780781808736

Category: History

Page: 147

View: 6424


Looks at the political and social history of Korea, from its earliest settlement to 1945.

Korea, the Divided Nation

Author: Edward A. Olsen

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275983079

Category: History

Page: 191

View: 6076


After surveying the circumstances of Korea's division and the contemporary situation in North and South Korea, this volume demonstrates the significance of re-creating a united Korea more than a half century later.

Culture and Customs of Korea

Author: Donald N. Clark

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313304569

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

View: 2659


Discusses Korean traditions, culture, religion, media, literature, and arts.


The Mongol Invasions

Author: William E. Henthorn

Publisher: Brill Archive


Category: Korea

Page: 252

View: 2793


The History of Korea

Author: Chun-gil Kim

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313332968

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 4068


Chronicles the history of Korea, from prehistoric and medieval times through its conflicts with Japan and the twentieth-century creation of a North and South Korea.

Passport Korea

Your Pocket Guide to Korean Business, Customs & Etiquette

Author: Kevin Keating

Publisher: World Trade Press

ISBN: 1607800233

Category: Travel

Page: 100

View: 9965


Korea's Divided Families

Fifty Years of Separation

Author: James Foley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134431651

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 4688


The divided families problem is a serious social issue in North and South Korea, involving hundreds of thousands of first generation divided family members, most of whom have not seen their relatives since the Korean War. It is the most pressing humanitarian issue between the two Koreas, and is connected to the greater issue of human rights in North Korea today. However, little serious academic work exists on the subject, in either English or Korean. This new study, based on research conducted in Korea, including interviews in 2001 with Korean families who benefited from the most recent exchanges, addresses the many issues surrounding the divided family problem, and highlights its importance in the path towards Korean rapprochement.

Korea at the Center

Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia

Author: Charles K. Armstrong

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 9780765616555

Category: History

Page: 319

View: 411


Illuminating the role of the Korean peninsula in three modern historical periods, the eminent international contributors to this publication offer a fresh appraisal of Korea as the key to the coalescence of a broad, open Northeast Asian regionalism in the twenty-first century.

Ethnic Nationalism in Korea

Genealogy, Politics, and Legacy

Author: Gi-Wook Shin

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804754088

Category: Political Science

Page: 307

View: 2074


This book explains the roots, politics, and legacy of Korean ethnic nationalism, which is based on the sense of a shared bloodline and ancestry. Belief in a racially distinct and ethnically homogeneous nation is widely shared on both sides of the Korean peninsula, although some scholars believe it is a myth with little historical basis. Finding both positions problematic and treating identity formation as a social and historical construct that has crucial behavioral consequences, this book examines how such a blood-based notion has become a dominant source of Korean identity, overriding other forms of identity in the modern era. It also looks at how the politics of national identity have played out in various contexts in Korea: semicolonialism, civil war, authoritarian politics, democratization, territorial division, and globalization.

South Korea

A Country Study

Author: Andrea Matles Savada,William Shaw

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9780788146190


Page: 408

View: 772


Describes and analyzes South Korea's political, economic, social and national security systems and institutions. Examines the inter- relationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. Provides a basic understanding of the observed society, striving for a dynamic portrayal. Particular attention is devoted to the people who make up the society, their origins, dominant beliefs and values, their common interests and the issues on which they are divided, the nature and extent of their involvement with national institutions, and their attitudes toward each other and toward their social system and political order.

Korea and Globalization

Politics, Economics and Culture

Author: Amadu Sesay,James B. Lewis

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780700715121

Category: History

Page: 245

View: 2996


Korea faces two challenges in the twenty-first century: unification and globalization. Both entail problems of economic, political and cultural integration. In the past, Koreans successfully 'unified' in various forms, and 'globalized' in many ways. This book is a study of the theme of globalization, addressing various aspects of Korea's integration into the global community from a social scientific or humanistic perspective. This investigation begins with a focus on contemporary South and North Korea: the 'globalized' southern daily life, South Korean labour as a global player, the southern development state, and the cultural division that poses the greatest threat to reunification. Moving outwards in concentric circles, chapters address Korea's connections with its region and Koreans' contributions to the wider world. Relations with Japan, Korea's most difficult bi-lateral relationship, are surveyed to identify both patterns and images. The thirteenth century Tripitaka Koreana is the most complete collection of Buddhist scripture in Chinese and its recent digitization points towards a renaissance of this world religion. South Korea's pursuit of a Nobel Prize in Literature is put in perspective when one considers Korean contribution to the pre- modern Sinitic literary world. South Korea may owe its existence to the United Nations, but since entering the UN in 1991, it has taken to heart the altruistic urge of global peacekeeping. The collection presents scholars from 4 continents, and precludes the dominance of any particular regional perspective or narrow national concern. Most of the contributors are little known in English but are prominent in their respective countries. The collection is multi-disciplinary. It seeks to explain Korea in holistic terms, as a people with history, culture, politics and economic concerns in the contemporary world. It should appeal to anyone who is interested in contemporary East Asia and Korea in particular.