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By Jinwung Kim

Contemporary North and South Korea are countries of radical contrasts: one a bellicose totalitarian country with a failing economic system; the opposite a calm democracy with a powerful financial system. but their humans proportion a standard background that extends again greater than 3,000 years. during this complete new historical past of Korea from the prehistoric period to the current day, Jinwung Kim recounts the wealthy and engaging tale of the political, social, cultural, fiscal, and diplomatic advancements in Korea’s lengthy march to the current. He presents an in depth 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 historical land of "Unified Silla." Clarifying the usually complicated heritage of the 3 Kingdoms interval, Kim chronicles the five-century lengthy background of the Choson dynasty, which left a deep effect on Korean tradition. From the start, China has loomed huge within the historical past of Korea, from the earliest instances whilst the tribes that will ultimately make up the Korean state roamed the mammoth plains of Manchuria and opposed to whom Korea might quickly outline itself. Japan, too, has performed a tremendous position in Korean historical past, rather within the twentieth century; Kim tells this tale to boot, together with the conflicts that ended in the present divided kingdom. the 1st precise review of Korean background in approximately 1 / 4 century, this quantity will enlighten a brand new iteration of scholars desirous to comprehend this contested zone of Asia.

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