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Korea and East Asia: The Story of a Phoenix

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ISBN-13: 978-0275958237
ISBN-10: 027595823X
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"This is a spirited, comprehensive, yet appealingly concise account of Korea's fascinating history and of that singularly important country's situation in its, at times, tough regional neighborhood. The book . . . is a fine general reading contribution to the much-to-be-welcomed growing literature on Korea's unique, rich past and on its role in the world. It is to be hoped that Dr. Lee's book will be consulted frequently and widely for it deserves serious attention." - Journal of Thrid World Studies


"Dr. Kenneth B. Lee . . . has painted a timely, many-faceted picture of real Korea and its heroic people. . . . The book's style is easily readable, presenting a wealth of material on the long Korean history in relation to Korea's neighbors, as well as present-day situations of South and North Korea on broad topics of political, economic, military, social, and cultural aspects. Dr. Lee dealt with these subjects most accurately, thoroughly, and objectively. Indeed, the author made a great contribution to academia with many new historical theories regarding the development of Korean and other East Asian civilizations. . . . I . . . strongly recommend this timely book." (Kyung-Cho Chung, LL.D., Lit.D., Korean Research Council)

"[Dr. Lee] writes as a Korean patriot in the best sense of that phrase, expounding on Korea's seminal contributions to the growth of East Asian civilization. He describes a Korea which as played a key role as a link between China and Japan, but also has carved out a distinct identity in Asia and the international community. . . . [A] useful addition to the literature on Korean history, Korean national development, and Korea's role in the modern world." (Edward Olsen, PhD, Professor, East Asian Studies, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School)

[This work] traces the history of the Koreans from prehistoric times down to the present day. With ardent conviction, Dr. Lee establishes their position among the major nations prominent in the East Asia region. Drawing on a wealth of sources, he describes the Koreans' political, cultural, and economic history in considerable detail….Dr. Lee's book is the latest contribution toward putting the historical record straight…a valuable addition to the scholarly literature on this important region. (Neil Granoien, Ph.D.^LDean, School of Asian II)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (June 18, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027595823X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275958237
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,969,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken makes a good attempt to write a history book on Korea and her people, but writes it like a Korean patriot trying to make the country sound bigger then it actually is. He's obviously read the Samguk Yusa and Samguk Sagi and other seminal works, but he makes obvious historical mistakes, doesn't get his details right and seemingly fills historical details by inserting his own opinion. Ki-Baek Lee's book on Korean History is much less colorfully written, but sounds much more unbiased and accurate. There are some gems in this book that will be helpful to the educated reader as many other Korean History books don't cover the details covered in this book, but as a whole, this book will give the uneducated reader, who cannot shift through the half guesses and wishful thinking of the author, the wrong idea.
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