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Koreas Place in the Sun: A Modern History Bruce Cumings

Koreas Place in the Sun: A Modern History

Bruce Cumings

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ISBN : 9780393347531
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544 pages
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Korea has endured a fractured, shattered twentieth century, and this updated edition brings Bruce Cumingss leading history of the modern era into the present. The small country, overshadowed in the imperial era, crammed against great powers duringMoreKorea has endured a fractured, shattered twentieth century, and this updated edition brings Bruce Cumingss leading history of the modern era into the present. The small country, overshadowed in the imperial era, crammed against great powers during the Cold War, and divided and decimated by the Korean War, has recently seen the first real hints of reunification. But positive movements forward are tempered by frustrating steps backward. In the late 1990s South Korea survived its most severe economic crisis since the Korean War, forcing a successful restructuring of its political economy. Suffering through floods, droughts, and a famine that cost the lives of millions of people, North Korea has been labeled part of an axis of evil by the George W. Bush administration and has renewed its nuclear threats. On both sides Korea seems poised to continue its fractured existence on into the new century, with potential ramifications for the rest of the world.