By and large the best historical discussion in English of Korea's modern transformation. (Soon Won Park Korean Studies)
Some of the recent scholarly work has tended to be rather ahistorical in approach, as if Korea--like Athena from the head of Zeus--somehow sprang full-grown onto the international scene in 1960. Korea Old and New...is an important antidote to [this] approach...Beginning with the Paleolithic Age, Korea Old and New moves with considerable grace through the early years of Korean culture, the Three Kingdoms era, Koryo and Yi dynasties, and on into the modern age...The strengths of this book are many, but in particular the comprehensive nature and the balanced analysis stand out as exceptional...Well-written and comprehensive, Korea Old and New...is required reading for anyone wishing to understand Korea. (David C. Kang Journal of Contemporary Asia)
Each of these authors, recognized as specialists on their chosen periods, offers even-handed accounts of events which are often minefields of historical controversy...This volume may be confidently recommended as the best available text on the subject. (James Cotton Asian Studies Review)
About the Author
Ki-Baik Lee is Professor of History, Sogang University, Seoul.
Michael Robinson is Associate Professor of Korean History at Indiana University.
Edward W. Wagner is Professor of Korean Studies, Harvard University.