A Concise History of Modern Korea: From the Late Nineteenth by Michael J. Seth

By Michael J. Seth

This entire and balanced background of recent Korea explores the social, financial, and political concerns it has confronted because being catapulted into the broader international on the finish of the 19th century. putting this previously insular society in an international context, Michael J. Seth describes how this old, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society first fell sufferer to jap imperialist expansionism, after which used to be arbitrarily divided in part after international struggle II. Seth strains the postwar paths of the 2 Koreas_with diversified political and social structures and varied geopolitical orientations_as they advanced into sharply contrasting societies. South Korea, after an unpromising commence, grew to become one of many few postcolonial constructing states to go into the ranks of the 1st international, with a globally aggressive financial system, a democratic political procedure, and a worldly and dynamic tradition. in contrast, North Korea turned one of many world's such a lot totalitarian and remoted societies, a nuclear strength with an impoverished and famine-stricken inhabitants. contemplating the noticeably diverse and traditionally exceptional trajectories of the 2 Koreas, Seth assesses the insights they give for figuring out not just sleek Korea however the broader viewpoint of worldwide historical past.

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7. Yong-ho Ch’oe, “The Kapsin Coup of 1884: A Reassessment,” Korean Studies 6 (1982): 105–24. 8. Jerome Ch’en, Yuan Shih-k’ai (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1961), 33–34. 9. Young-ick Lew, “Yuan Shih-kai’s Residency and the Korean Enlightenment Movement (1885–1894), The Journal of Korean Studies 5 (1984): 63–107. 10. Lew, “Yuan Shih-Kai’s Residency,” 63–107. 11. Andrew C. Nahm, Korea: Tradition and Transformation (Elizabeth, NJ: Hollym International, 1988), 173. 12. Kirk W. Larsen, “Trade, Dependency, and Colonialism: Foreign Trade and Korea’s Regional Integration, 1876–1910,” in Charles K.

5. Deuchler, Confucian Gentlemen and Barbarian Envoys, 141. 6. Deuchler, Confucian Gentlemen and Barbarian Envoys, 151. 7. Yong-ho Ch’oe, “The Kapsin Coup of 1884: A Reassessment,” Korean Studies 6 (1982): 105–24. 8. Jerome Ch’en, Yuan Shih-k’ai (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1961), 33–34. 9. Young-ick Lew, “Yuan Shih-kai’s Residency and the Korean Enlightenment Movement (1885–1894), The Journal of Korean Studies 5 (1984): 63–107. 10. Lew, “Yuan Shih-Kai’s Residency,” 63–107. 11. Andrew C.

What was new in the late nineteenth century was the concept of national sovereignty and of a state existing within an international community of sovereign states. The name “Independence” taken by the club and its newspaper was an assertion of this concept and a rejection of the Sinocentric tribute system or any other orientation that would subordinate Korean sovereignty to another power. For the next few years the Korean government drifted, making only modest efforts at self-strengthening. In the last two decades of the nineteenth century most of the country’s most energetic and talented reformers had left the country or withdrawn from public affairs, some had been killed.

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