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By Jinwung Kim

Contemporary North and South Korea are international locations of radical contrasts: one a bellicose totalitarian kingdom with a failing economic system; the opposite a relaxed democracy with a robust economic system. but their humans percentage a typical heritage that extends again greater than 3,000 years. during this entire 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, monetary, 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 complex civilization that existed within the historic land of "Unified Silla." Clarifying the usually complicated background 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 background of Korea, from the earliest occasions whilst the tribes that will ultimately make up the Korean country roamed the large plains of Manchuria and opposed to whom Korea could quickly outline itself. Japan, too, has performed an incredible position in Korean historical past, relatively within the twentieth century; Kim tells this tale in addition, together with the conflicts that ended in the present divided nation. the 1st particular review of Korean historical past in approximately 1 / 4 century, this quantity will enlighten a brand new new release of scholars wanting to comprehend this contested zone of Asia.

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