Korea, a Century of Change

Author: Jrgen Kleiner

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789812799951

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 444

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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."

Korea

Author: Jill DuBois

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761417866

Category: History

Page: 144

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

Korea - ein vergessener Krieg?

Der militärische Konflikt auf der koreanischen Halbinsel 1950-1953 im internationalen Kontext

Author: Bernd Bonwetsch,Matthias Uhl

Publisher: Oldenbourg Verlag

ISBN: 3486712713

Category: History

Page: 206

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Der Koreakrieg ist durch den Waffenstillstand vom 27. Juli 1953 nur eingefroren und kann jederzeit wieder ausbrechen. Ein Friedensvertrag existiert bis zum heutigen Tag nicht. Pjöngjangs Politik ist heute noch so undurchschaubar wie damals. Trotzdem sind unsere Kenntnisse - insbesondere dank der Veröffentlichung sowjetischer und chinesischer Quellen - seit dem Ende der Sowjetunion erweitert worden. 16 Autoren, allesamt ausgewiesene Experten, fassen den derzeitigen Kenntnisstand über den militärischen Konflikt selbst, über einige seiner wesentlichen internationalen Auswirkungen für Europa, die Sowjetunion, China und die USA sowie über historiographische Entwicklungen zusammen.

Korea

Author: Christoph Bluth

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745657710

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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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 Business

The Portable Encyclopedia for Doing Business with Korea

Author: Christine Genzberger,Edward G. Hinkelman

Publisher: World Trade Press

ISBN: 9780963186447

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 332

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An enclyclopedic view of doing business with Korea. Contains the how-to, where-to and who-with information needed to operate internationally.

A History of Korea

From Antiquity to the Present

Author: Michael J. Seth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742567176

Category: History

Page: 552

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In this comprehensive yet compact book, Michael J. Seth surveys Korean history from Neolithic times to the present. He explores the origins and development of Korean society, politics, and its 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 past seven decades, 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 rich dimension by placing Korean history into broader global perspective and by including primary readings from each era. All readers looking for a balanced, knowledgeable history will be richly rewarded with this clear and concise book.

Korea's Divided Families

Fifty Years of Separation

Author: James Foley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134431651

Category: History

Page: 224

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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.

Culture and Customs of Korea

Author: Donald N. Clark

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313304569

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

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