A Brief History of Korea: Isolation, War, Despotism and Revival: The Fascinating Story of a Resilient But Divided People


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Tuttle Publishing
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5.1 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Michael J. Seth has been a Professor of world history at James Madison University for more than 20 years. He worked and taught English in Korea for many years before receiving his Ph.D. in East Asian History from the University of Hawaii. He has authored several books on Korean history including A History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present, A Concise History of Modern Korea: From the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present, A Concise History of Korea: From the Neolithic to the Nineteenth Century and Education Fever: Politics, Society and the Pursuit of Schooling in South Korea.


"Michael Seth has written a compact and concise but informative and invigorating book on Korean history. A Brief History of Korea is a welcome and welcoming port of entry." --John Lie, C.K. Cho Professor, University of California, Berkeley
"A highly readable and enjoyable book that will serve as an excellent way in to Korean history for anyone with an interest in the country." --Daniel Tudor, Author of Korea: The Impossible Country and North Korea Confidential
"If you need get caught up on Korean history in a hurry Michael J. Seth's A Brief History of Korea is the book that you should read. It is an informative, accessible, and gracefully written account of Korea's past from its mythical origins to the present. No other book on Korea covers so much ground so succinctly and with such erudition." --Gregg Andrew Brazinsky, Professor of History and International Affairs & ESIA Asian Studies Program Director, The George Washington University
"Michael Seth does a magnificent job of synthesizing the long history of the Korean peninsula into a manageable, clear and fully informative historical narrative. Historical events and occurrences from the pre-modern to the modern period are masterfully covered and carefully introduce readers to all of the exciting aspects of Korea. Like his other writings, this book is accessible to anyone and leaves you with a desire to read and learn more about the long history of Korea." -- Albert L. Park, Associate Editor for the Journal of Asian Studies
"...a resource written with the expertise of a scholar, yet thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds...a 'must-have' for public and college library World History collections. Highly recommended." -- Midwest Book Review