Korea: A New History of South and North (Hardcover)

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Korea: A New History of South and North (Hardcover)


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A major new history of North and South Korea, from the late nineteenth century to the present day
“Cha and Pacheco Pardo have years of expertise in Korean international relations. . . . A crisp and balanced account.”—Christopher Harding, The Telegraph
Korea has a long, riveting history—it is also a divided nation. South Korea is a vibrant democracy, the tenth largest economy, and is home to a world-renowned culture. North Korea is ruled by the most authoritarian regime in the world, a poor country in a rich region, and is best known for the cult of personality surrounding the ruling Kim family. But both Koreas share a unique common history.
Victor Cha and Ramon Pacheco Pardo draw on decades of research to explore the history of modern Korea, from the late nineteenth century, Japanese occupation, and Cold War division to the present day. A small country caught amongst the world’s largest powers—including China, Japan, Russia, and the United States—Korea’s fate has been closely connected to its geography and the strength of its leadership and society. This comprehensive history sheds light on the evolving identities of the two Koreas, explaining the sharp differences between North and South, and prospects for unification.
Victor D. Cha is professor of government at Georgetown University and holds the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is a former director for Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council. He received the 2023 Hubert H. Humphrey Award for notable public service from the American Political Science Association. Ramon Pacheco Pardo is professor of international relations at King’s College London and the KF-VUB Korea Chair at Free University of Brussels.
Product Details ISBN: 9780300259810
ISBN-10: 0300259816
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: June 27th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English
“Cha and Pacheco Pardo have years of expertise in Korean international relations. . . . . A crisp and balanced account.”—Christopher Harding, The Telegraph

“Cha and Pacheco Pardo offer a sure-footed guide to the two countries’ divergent paths and their fraught fraternal relationship.”—Andrew J. Nathan, Foreign Affairs

“A vivid and fast-paced account, with particular appeal to a general readership. . . . Cha and Pardo, two deeply knowledgeable Korea hands, retell the story of the modern history of Korea.”—John Nilsson-Wright, Global Asia

“This is well conducted and addresses issues relating to the two countries in a balanced manner.”—Rémy Hémez, Politque étrangè

“The hot pink cover, friendly tones, and personal anecdotes of interactions with Koreans make the book highly approachable for readers who are new to Korea, but also enjoyable for seasoned Koreanists. . . . Highly accessible and engaging.”—Jay Song, Australian Outlook

“Anyone looking for a modern history of North and South Korea will find this the best available.”—Brandon Palmer, Pacific Affairs

Korea gives the answer to the lingering enigma of how two extremely different systems, one globally flying and the other falling to the bottom, have evolved from the same people—and where they will go from here. . . . A must-read.”—Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary General of the UN

“A brisk, insightful narrative of the emergence of two Koreas, South and North, their diverging but intertwined paths over the past seventy-five plus years, and the prospects for reunification. . . . Foreign policy experts and K-pop fans alike will enjoy and benefit from this book.”—Kathleen Stephens, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2008–11)

“A highly readable history of the Korean peninsula. . . . A must-read to understand how one ill-informed moment in history led to an ongoing human tragedy and geopolitical challenge.”—Anna Fifield, Asia-Pacific editor, Washington Post

“The authors begin their book by posing this question: ‘What circumstances led the same people to live in such starkly different conditions?’ This in fact is a question which often dogs casual Korea watchers. If you are one of them, this is one of the best books I can recommend to you. Among other things, it was written by two of the most qualified western observers of the two Koreas.”—Ahn Ho-young, Chair Professor of North Korean Studies, Kyungnam University, and ROK Ambassador to the United States (2013–17)