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Korean History: A Beginner's Guide
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 13,000
USD 9.63
Author: Kim Tae Gyu, Kevin N. Cawley
Publisher: Adbooks
Pub. Date: Apr. 2014
Pages: 136
Cover: Hardcover
Dimensions (in inches): 6.29 x 9.17 x 0.55
ISBN: 9788958451174
Language: English
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Part 1: Once upon a time in Far East

1. Korea: in the beginning …
Dangun ? the legendary founder
The first kingdom ? Gojoseon
Southern states

2. Three-Kingdom Era: Koreans bring culture to Japan
Goguryeo - expanding Korean territory
Baekje ? mentor of Japan
Silla - smallest state flourishes
Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo

3. First united kingdom: Unified Silla
Struggles against Chinese forces
Prince of seas

4. Balhae dominates Manchuria
Balhae - Koreans and non-Koreans
Farewell to Manchuria

Part 2: Two long-lasting dynasties

5. Goryeo: the dynasty that offered Korea its name
Later Three Kingdoms
Foundation of newly united country
Mongol invasions
Contribution to world intellectual history

6. Joseon: Confucian kingdom (1)
Confucian kingdom
Bloody struggles
King Sejong the Great and Korean alphabet
Another bloody campaign

7. Joseon: Confucian kingdom (2)
Great philosopher and invading neighbors
Neo-Confucian synthesis
Two great philosophers
Japanese invasions - the seven-year war
More invasions ? the Manchus

8. Joseon: Confucian kingdom (3)
The country struggles with modernity and a fast changing world
Factional struggles and sage kings
Opening the hermit kingdom
Assassination of Empress Myeongseong
Gojong’s final maneuvers - the end of Joseon
* The search for a photograph of Empress Myeongseong

Part 3: Dramatic ups and downs

9. Darkest days
Koreans suffer greatly under Japanese colonial rule
A period of darkness
Tragic times
Korea gains independence
* Tragedy of a sex slave

10. Korea rising: From rags to riches
Division and war
1961 military coup
Another military coup
Democracy arrives

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