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A General Upheaval in the Land of the Morning Calm - The most intriguing tidbits about modern Korea When in 1897 the first modern Korean bank issued its first loan, the loan had to be secured against the only property the borrower had in his disposal, his donkey. The loan was repaid at time, but for few days bank managers had to take care of the animal. In the 1930s the We...more
366 pages
Published December 10th 2007 by EunHaeng NaMu
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Matthew
Dawn of Modern Korea is a light collection of beefed-up articles originally published at the Korea Times by North Korean expert and Kookmin University professor Andrei Lankov. The collection reads smoothly cover to cover as well as in a non-contiguous manner. Curious about the establishment of the Blue House, telephones or Chilsung Cider? Turn to the chapter and have at it. This book is full of firsts and more than likely whatever you're thinking of is bound to be in here.

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David
if you can manage to get by the spelling mistakes, the awkward sentences, the picutures being placed mostly randomly with no rhyme or reason, the author using the same word repeatedly and and adding his own opinion, the restating of a fact a mere page or two later (pure sloppiness), and a generally poor translation. and also a bibliograpy that is all in korean. where was i going with this...yes. it is a fun book filled with interesting facts and worth reading.
Will
Full of interesting historical and cultural tidbits, but marred by embarrassing typos and grammar.
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Andrei Lankov is a North Korea expert and professor of history at Kookmin University in Seoul. He graduated from Leningrad State University and has been an exchange student at Pyongyang Kim Il-sung University.
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