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The Making of Modern Korea

2nd Edition

By Adrian Buzo

© 2008 – Routledge

216 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This fully updated second edition of The Making of Modern Korea provides a thorough, balanced and engaging history of Korea from 1910 to the present day. The text is unique in placing emphasis on Korea’s regional and geographical context, through which Buzo analyzes the influence of bigger and more powerful states on the peninsula of Korea.

Key features of the book include:

  • comprehensive coverage of Korean history
  • up-to-date analysis of important contemporary developments, including North Korea’s controversial missile and nuclear tests
  • comparative focus on North and South Korea
  • an examination of Korea within its regional context
  • a detailed chronology and suggestions for further reading.

The Making of Modern Korea is a valuable one-volume resource for students of modern Korean history, international politics and Asian Studies.


"Adrian Buzo has provided an engaging text whose crystal-clear layout, pacing, and expert content is well worth the read." - Adam Cathcart, Pacific Lutheran University, Acta Koreana, Vol.11, No.3, 2008

Table of Contents

1. Joined to the Empire, 1910-31 2. The Dark Gulf, 1931-45 3. Bitter Liberty, 1945-48 4. The Supreme Disaster, 1948-53 5. The Mastery of Despair, 1953-71 6. Reversal of Fortunes, 1971-80 7. Divergent Courses, 1980-92 8. Hallowed by the price, 1992-2006 Major Events, 1910-2006

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Korea
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General