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The History of Korea

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Korea continues to be featured in the news, especially after the succession of Kim Jong-un as leader of North Korea and his threats of nuclear attack. Yet the reported instability of the North is contrasted by the rapid modernization revolution of the South. Author Djun Kil Kim analyzes how tragic experiences in the regions' collective history--particularly Japanese coloni ...more
ebook, 2nd Edition, 278 pages
Published May 30th 2014 by Greenwood (first published September 5th 2000)
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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.
Kris
Jan 03, 2016 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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Matthew
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mike
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive, yet easy to follow. Love the collection of significant people in Korean History feature.
Southwind
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.
Scott
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, short intro to Korean history.
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