By Michael J. Seth
This complete and balanced historical past of contemporary Korea explores the social, monetary, and political concerns it has confronted for the reason that being catapulted into the broader global on the finish of the 19th century. putting this previously insular society in a world context, Michael J. Seth describes how this historic, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society first fell sufferer to jap imperialist expansionism, after which was once arbitrarily divided in part after global struggle II. Seth strains the postwar paths of the 2 Koreas_with assorted political and social structures and varied geopolitical orientations_as they developed into sharply contrasting societies. South Korea, after an unpromising begin, turned 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 method, and a sophisticated and dynamic tradition. in contrast, North Korea turned one of many world's so much totalitarian and remoted societies, a nuclear energy with an impoverished and famine-stricken inhabitants. contemplating the notably diversified and traditionally unheard of trajectories of the 2 Koreas, Seth assesses the insights they give for realizing not just sleek Korea however the broader viewpoint of worldwide historical past.
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Some civilians, both yangban and non-yangban, also took up revolt, forming more Righteous Armies. An example was Ho˘ Wi, who had taken up a small resistance group in 1896 that was disbanded. He now organized another. 16 Guerilla bands were organized in many parts of the country from Cho˘lla in the southwest to Hamgyo˘ng in the northeast. The scale of this resistance movement and the number of casualties is not known for certain. They were large enough to require a major military operation by the Japanese.
A small community of American diplomats and missionaries in Seoul were concerned about threats to Korea’s sovereignty. However, they received little support from Washington. S. government, with no special interest in Korea, was largely indifferent to requests by the Americans in Seoul to become actively involved in guaranteeing its independence. Japan, in contrast, remained very much concerned with Korea. It feared both Chinese domination and Russian involvement in the peninsula. Japan was developing considerable economic ties with Korea, which it saw as a source of agricultural produce, but was facing Chinese competition.
Mission schools provided a new means for social advancement for people of humble status. Members of sub-elite groups such as chungin, the heredity class of technical specialists, and rural clerks were able to enter higher bureaucratic positions that would have been previously closed to them. And a new small entrepreneurial class was emerging. Some of these entrepreneurs came from the small group of wholesale merchants that emerged in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, others came from varied backgrounds.
A Concise History of Modern Korea: From the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present by Michael J. Seth