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A New History of Korea

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$32.00 • £25.95 • €29.00

ISBN 9780674615762

Publication Date: 03/15/1988

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518 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

15 maps, 21 color illustrations, 10 halftones,20 tables

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard-Yenching Institute Publications

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Professor Lee’s work is exceptionally detailed and covers not only the political, social and economic history of Korea, but integrates developments in the arts, science and technology through the ages. Its wealth of material and comprehensive coverage make it an excellent textbook for the study of Korea.History

Wagner must be lauded for bringing to the English reading community this comprehensive, precisely translated, well-crafted, and meticulously indexed work on Korean history, a translation that will undoubtedly remain for years as the standard overview of Korean history for both Korea specialists and nonspecialists… This project represents a marriage of revision and skillful translation with the ultimate result being the balanced and well-organized volume under review.—Michael Robinson, Journal of Asian Studies

This is a famous book, and its translation into English has long been awaited… The present elegantly written translation provides the reader, whether expert or amateur, with a good and entertaining introduction to the richness of Korea’s historical experience.—J. E. Hoare, Journal of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs

Painstaking translation and attentive editing and indexing combine with a consistent and logical system of dividing topics to provide easy access to both the events of Korean history and Professor Lee’s thoughtful interpretation.Asiaweek Literary Review

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.—W. E. Skillend, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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