Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History (Updated)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 17, 2005 - History - 544 pages
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"Passionate, cantankerous, and fascinating. Rather like Korea itself."--Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times Book Review

Korea has endured a "fractured, shattered twentieth century," and this updated edition brings Bruce Cumings's leading history of the modern era into the present. The small country, overshadowed in the imperial era, crammed against great powers during the Cold War, and divided and decimated by the Korean War, has recently seen the first real hints of reunification. But positive movements forward are tempered by frustrating steps backward. In the late 1990s South Korea survived its most severe economic crisis since the Korean War, forcing a successful restructuring of its political economy. Suffering through floods, droughts, and a famine that cost the lives of millions of people, North Korea has been labeled part of an "axis of evil" by the George W. Bush administration and has renewed its nuclear threats. On both sides Korea seems poised to continue its fractured existence on into the new century, with potential ramifications for the rest of the world.
  

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Review: Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History

User Review  - Kristofer - Goodreads

At times Korea's Place in the Sun feels like a text book - there's nothing wrong with that - but then it also reads as a popular history book. Cumings is clearly a leading Korean historian; a survey of Korean history or a multi-volume book would have been better. Read full review

Review: Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History

User Review  - Jay Koester - Goodreads

I haven't read a history book since I was last required to 20 years ago in college. But a recent visit to South Korea had me interested in learning more about the country. This was a fascinating book ... Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Updated Edition
7
Preface and Acknowledgments
9
1 The Virtues
19
2 The Interests 18601904
86
3 Eclipse 19051945
139
4 The Passions 19451948
185
5 Collision 19481953
237
Industrialization 1953Present
299
The Democratic Movement 1960Present
342
North Korea 1953Present
404
9 Americas Koreans
448
10 Koreas Place in the World
470
Bibliography
515
Index
521
Back Cover
543
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Bruce Cumings is chairman of the history department at the University of Chicago and the author of Korea's Place in the Sun. He divides his time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Chicago.

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