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Panorama of 5000 Years: Korean History

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From ancient times, Koreans developed their unique cultural heritage and a strong national character. Indian Nobel Prize Winner Tagore once called Korea a lamp bearer which illuminated the East. Despite the rise and fall of dynastic rule and repeated foreign invasions, Koreans maintained their nationhood while making cultural progress until they became victims of an imperi ...more
Hardcover, 126 pages
Published April 2nd 1990 by Hollym International Corporation
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Taren
Jul 31, 2016 Taren rated it it was ok
This is only useful if you know NOTHING about Korean history. It is nicely laid out and you can get a clear sense of the different eras and...that's it. There are no real details. It's full of sweeping generalizations, not-so-subtle opinions, and no facts or sources to back them up.

Imagine if I wrote about the American revolution like this: "The greedy British forced the helpless colonists to pay many unfair taxes. After many events of rebellion the Americans signed the Declaration of Independe
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Brandon Current
Jul 15, 2015 Brandon Current rated it liked it
Read and keep (if you have a need to know Korean History). This book is not interestingly written. It reads slightly better than a timeline or picture captions. No analysis of history is done. It does provide a brief summary of Korean history and is useful to that end. The printing and pictures are good so it is useful to that end as well. It is a good first-step to learning Korean history.
feux d'artifice
Sep 28, 2014 feux d'artifice rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, korea
not very scholarly but still worth.reading found some interesting tidbits 're: dance stuff
Danielle
Jun 26, 2016 Danielle rated it it was ok
I found this book to be highly subjective, and there were a lot of grammatical errors. That said, I did find it informative, although through the perspective of my two years of cultural immersion and partial knowledge of the country's history. Also, the book hasn't been updated since 2008, and there have been some important events since then (e.g., the death of Kim Jong-il in 2011).

I understand that it was written primarily for western readers, but I would have liked to see the Korean words prin
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Allison
Aug 12, 2013 Allison rated it liked it
Shelves: history
A good introduction to the span of Korean history, with some beautiful pictures, too. I was pretty amazed throughout.
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