A New History of Korea (Harvard-Yenching Institute Publications)

Ki-Baik Lee (Author), Edward J. Schultz (K-1), Edward W. Wagner (Translator)

W. E. Skillend Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London : To praise the translation is to praise the original. The modern writing of Korean history by Koreans has been beset by difficulties: the restrictions imposed by their traditions, the near-impossibility of writing the history of one's own nation under severe colonial rule, and the passions raised by the still-continuing political division of a homogeneous nation. To have written under these circumstances a history of Korea which can be presented, without significant emendation or apology, to Western readers is no small achievement.

Book Description

The first English-language history of Korea to appear in more than a decade, this translation offers Western readers a distillation of the latest and best scholarship on Korean history and culture from the earliest times to the student revolution of 1960. The most widely read and respected general history, A New History of Korea (Han'guksa sillon) was first published in 1961 and has undergone two major revisions and updatings.

Translated twice into Japanese and currently being translated into Chinese as well, Professor Lee's work presents a new periodization of his country's history, based on a fresh analysis of the changing composition of the leadership elite. The book is noteworthy, too, for its full and integrated discussion of major currents in Korea's cultural history. The translation, three years in preparation, has been done by specialists in the field.

  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (September 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 067461576X
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.0 x 1.2 inches

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