John B. Duncan
CENTER FOR KOREAN STUDIES, UCLA
ISBN 1-905246-05-6 - 384pp. - cased
November 2005 - £45.00
This is the revised and enlarged second edition originally published in Seoul in 1994 with a new Preface to mark its first publication in English in the new millennium. Aimed at the general reader it was the first scholarly history of Korea to appear, and was widely acclaimed, selling over 100,000 copies. It was also translated into Japanese. Divided into two parts - the first addresses the Japanese colonial period, including detailed accounts of the anti-Japanese independence movements, and the second the liberation of Korea, the Korean War and political developments up to the late-1980s. Acknowledgement is also made to the work of North Korean scholars. Unlike most chronological histories, Professor Kang discusses events thematically in terms of their political, social, economic and cultural significance, and will be required reading at many levels in the context of East Asian studies generally.