Korea, the Divided Nation

Korea, the Divided Nation

Korea, the Divided Nation

Korea, the Divided Nation

Synopsis

Following its liberation from Japanese colonialism, at the end of WWII, Korea was divided into two separate nations. Because the Korean nation enjoyed a long dynastic history, its postwar partition was particularly traumatic. The ensuing Cold War years spawned the Korean War and subsequent decades of strained inter-Korean relations and tensions in the region surrounding the peninsula. This volume provides readers who are unfamiliar with Korea's heritage insight into how Korea became a divided nation engulfed in international geopolitical tensions, providing expert analysis of this rendered nation's background, modern circumstances, and future prospects.

Excerpt

Korea is a nation and a land of considerable importance in Asia, and at times, in world affairs. Although many Americans who hear the word [Korea] primarily associate it with the Korean War, they frequently know little about either Korea, per se, or the major war that bears its name. Despite the controversy generated by periodic crises centered in Korea, especially North Korea, all too many Westerners remain unfamiliar with the basics of Korean affairs. Korea's location, its history of achievements and failures, and the ways in which Korea is perceived by its neighbors, the broader international community, and that community's leaders, has great significance.

Korea is often in the news because of international tensions, fears of conflict, and other contentious issues. For those who follow Korean affairs closely, keeping up with the nuances of such circumstances is not difficult. However, for many in the general public that is not feasible because they know little about Korea. This volume is intended to help fill that void. Although the conclusions drawn about resolving Korea's national division may be of interest to Korea experts as well, its general purpose is to provide those who are not experts on Korean affairs with a broad contextual background on Korea before its division, as a divided nation, and as a reunited . . .

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