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The Making of Modern Korea

3rd Edition

By Adrian Buzo


292 pages

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This fully updated third edition of The Making of Modern Korea provides a thorough, balanced and engaging history of Korea from 1876 to the present day. The text is unique in analysing domestic developments in the two Koreas in the wider context of regional and international affairs.

Key features of the book include:

• Comprehensive coverage of Korean history.

• Expanded coverage of social and cultural affairs.

• A new chapter covering the end of the Choson Dynasty in the context of Japanese imperialist expansionism.

• Up-to-date analysis of important contemporary developments in both Koreas, including assessments of the Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un administrations and the North’s nuclear weapons program.

• 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.

Table of Contents

1. The Setting

2. Lost Horizons

3. Joined to the Empire 1910-1931

4. The Dark Gulf 1931-1945

5. Bitter Liberty 1945-48

6. The Supreme Disaster 1948-1953

7. The Mastery of Despair 1953-71

8. Reversal of Fortunes 1971-1980

9. Divergent Courses 1980-199210. Game changers 1992-2007

11. Hallowed by the price: the two Koreas today 2007-2016

12. Concluding remarks

About the Author

Dr Adrian Buzo is a former diplomat who served in both Seoul and Pyongyang. He is currently a lecturer in Korean at Macquarie University, Australia.

About the Series

Asia's Transformations

The books in this series explore the political, social, economic and cultural consequences of Asia's twenty-first century transformations. The series emphasizes the tumultuous interplay of local, national, regional and global forces as Asia bids to become the hub of the world economy. While focusing on the contemporary, it also looks back to analyze the antecedents of Asia's contested rise. Asia's Transformations aims to address the needs of students and teachers.

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Subject Categories

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