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The History of Korea

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The Koreas are two of the few countries in the East Asian world to successfully maintain political and cultural independence from China. Originated by the Han-Ye-Maek people who had migrated from North China to Manchuria and the Korean peninsula since 2000 BCE, three Korean dynasties Great Silla, Koryo, and Choson kept peace and prosperity in the country since the 7th cent ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Greenwood (first published September 5th 2000)
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Kris
Jun 21, 2016 Kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: korea, asia
The first 140 pages are excellent, especially if you don’t have a lot of context for pre-20th century Korean history. The author, Kim Djun Kil, gives a broad arc of +4000 years of Korean history concisely; the details that he does include are interesting, and don’t eclipse the basic thrust of the narrative(s). I especially liked his refutations of myths pushed by nationalist Japanese historians.

Once the author reaches the post-occupation, pre-Korean War period, however, he pushes the standard p
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Gretel
It was okay. Kim gives enough information for beginners with important facts. As an overview of Korean history it does a well enough job. Lacks sometimes a bit of details but that is the nature of these type of books. Nonetheless, easy to read.
I think it's a good introduction.
Matthew
May 06, 2012 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: korea, non-fiction
A Korean history book written by a Korean scholar. Finally. A breath of fresh air into the small niche Korean history genre, this finely written text is free from fluff, striking biasedness and needless rhetoric. The author knows his stuff and acknowledges his faults and viewpoint up front preparing the reader for an in depth look into Korean history and how it shapes the present.

This text isn't free from faults, though. It is completely devoid of graphics and illustrations save for a small hand
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AskHistorians
An overview of the history of the Korean peninsula from the earliest known inhabitants to the start of the 21st century. Clearly written and generally free of bias. A very good comprehensive introduction to the history of the Koreas.
Southwind
Aug 05, 2014 Southwind rated it liked it
Good book. Too short and not concise enough. It is a book written a bit general without deep facts. Leaves the reader with a need to make research on facts.
Mike
Mar 09, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
Comprehensive, yet easy to follow. Love the collection of significant people in Korean History feature.
Scott
Sep 06, 2011 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, short intro to Korean history.
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