Now in a fully revised and updated edition, this engaging text
provides a concise history of Korea from the beginning of human
settlement in the region through the late nineteenth century.
Michael J. Seth's thorough chronological narrative equally
emphasizes social, cultural, and political history. Students will
be especially drawn to descriptions of everyday life for both elite
and nonelite members of society during various historical periods.
The book emphasizes how Korean history can be understood as part of
an interactive sphere that includes three basic areas: China,
Japan, and the Manchurian/Central Asian region. Throughout, Seth
draws comparisons between developments in Korea and those in
neighboring regions. All readers looking for a balanced,
knowledgeable history will be richly rewarded with this clear and