Korea's Heritage: A Regional & Social Geography

Korea's Heritage: A Regional & Social Geography

Korea's Heritage: A Regional & Social Geography

Korea's Heritage: A Regional & Social Geography

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Korea 85,000 square miles in area, is only a small segment of this world's surface. The thirty million Koreans are only a small portion of this world's people. Yet this peninsula is of great importance in these days of international tension. Knowledge of Korea's geographic position, character, and diversity is needed if sound decisions are to be made concerning this strategic area. It is the aim of this book to present this geographic knowledge--the heritage of Korea.

Naturally, as one who was born in Korea and who spent his boyhood there, I have certain prejudices; to me, Korea is a land of beauty and the Korean people are likeable and have many fine qualities. Field research in Korea and study of available literature has convinced me that the role of geography, though a silent role, is extremely important in the lives of the Koreans, living as they do close to their land. This book may reveal my prejudices; it purposely stresses the geographic factors which are too often neglected. In the discussion of Korea a regional approach is employed, for by understanding the parts a person can better understand the whole of Korea's geographic character.

I am greatly indebted to many people who have kindly aided me in the preparation of this book; naturally I am solely responsible for the material I have presented. Jonathan Kistler, Associate Professor of English at Colgate, painstakingly went over an early draft and corrected much of the text. Lilo Rudas . . .

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