Synopses & Reviews
It's not hard to understand why Koreans describe their lives as han
, which means "living with a great and sustained sorrow." In the 20th century alone, they endured a 35 year Japanese military occupation, one of the most brutal civil wars in history, and decades of occupation by rival superpowers.
Yet the story of this hauntingly beautiful, mountainous land is not ultimately one of war and devastation. The Koreas: A Global Studies Handbook tells the story of a warm and generous people who have retained their distinctive language and culture despite repeated foreign occupations, achieved a literacy rate of almost 100 percent, outscored nearly every other nation in science and math, and reshaped their devastated post-war economy into one of the four tigers of Asian economic growth.
"Recommended for the general public and high school and lower-division undergraduate students." -
" … well-researched and well-written…can also serve as a quick refernce tool for public and school libraries and for general area studies collections in academic and special libraries." -
American Reference Books Annual
" … devoted to the details of Korea's political history … The book closes with a useful list of relevant organizations and an excellent annotated bibliography of recommended works about Korea." -
Ever wonder what the story behind the story was when North and South Korean teams marched together into the Sydney Olympic Games? In The Koreas, readers will be treated to an all-encompassing look at Korean history, economics, politics, and culture that brings the divided nation off of the map and into real life.
The Koreas delivers border-to-border coverage of North and South Korea, with chapters dedicated to history and geography, social and cultural customs, and economics and politics; a second section includes different types of reference materials.
- Includes a directory of business, cultural, government, and tourist organizations
- Vividly explores Korea's complex history, from 2333 B.C. to the present
• Analyzes Korea's geography, history, and economic and political development, along with its current social and political problems
• Offers practical information on culture and etiquette for the first-time visitor
The KoreaS≪/i> delivers border-to-border coverage of North and South Korea, with chapters dedicated to history and geography, social and cultural customs, and economics and politics.
• Untangles the interwoven threads of American and Korean history and examines the close but troubled relationship between the two nations
• Reveals the historical and cultural context behind the rhetoric that portrays North Korea as part of the Axis of Evil
• Analyzes the cultural traditions that underlie South Korea's economic and educational miracles