The Koreas

2nd Edition

By Charles K. Armstrong

© 2014 – Routledge

144 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2013-08-26
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About the Book

Presenting a succinct, historically informed introduction to North and South Korea, the second edition of The Koreas considers the radically different ways these countries have dealt with the growing challenges of globalization. Since the first edition’s publication, the economic, political, and social differences have only intensified, making evident the relevancy and importance of Armstrong’s work, in understanding the Koreas now and in the future. Ultimately, The Koreas is a crisp, engaging primer of Korea and the Korean people in the contemporary world. This book is ideal for many courses in a variety of disciplines, including politics, history, international business, and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Korea in the World

Chapter 2: South Korea: The Rise to Globalism

Chapter 3: North Korea: The Logic and Limits of "Self-Reliance"

Chapter 4: The Korean Diaspora

Chapter 5: The Korean Crisis

Chapter 6: One Korea, Many Koreas




About the Author

Charles K. Armstrong is Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the author of The North Korean Revolution, 1945 - 1950 and Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950 - 1992, and co-editor of Korea at the Center: Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia. He is also editor of Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy and the State (Routledge: Second Edition, 2006).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General