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This is an auction for KOREA’S PLACE IN THE SUN: A MODERN HISTORY by Bruce Cumings.

“Cumings's riveting history of modern Korea challenges much received wisdom. Rejecting the verdict of Western historians who support Japan's "modernizing role" in Korea, he characterizes the Japanese occupation (1910-1945) as a callous colonization that fostered underdevelopment, crushed dissent and suppressed indigenous culture. The author is highly critical of the US military occupational government (1945-1948), which he blames for bolstering the status quo and laying the groundwork for one of Asia's worst police states. Popular resistance in South Korea, he emphasizes, ultimately transformed an authoritarian regime into a relatively democratic society, while the North, which he has visited extensively, remains a cloistered, family-run, xenophobic garrison state. Yet Cumings argues that North Korea was never a mere Soviet puppet but instead resembled more autonomous communist nations, such as Yugoslavia. His concluding portrait of Korean Americans presents a hardworking, upwardly mobile yet insular, ambivalent group, ‘in the society but not of it’. This spirited, vibrant chronicle is indispensable for understanding modern Korea and its dim prospects for reunification.”
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Large format (trade) paperback 1998.

527 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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