Koreans Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies

ISBN-10: 0312326092

ISBN-13: 9780312326098

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Michael Breen
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Description: The rise of South Korea is one of the most unexpected and inspirational developments of the latter part of our century. A few decades ago, the Koreans were an impoverished, agricultural people. In one generation they came out of the fields and into Silicon Valley. In 1997, this powerhouse of a nation reeled and almost collapsed as a result of a weak financial system and heavily indebted conglomerates. The world is now watching to see whether the Koreans will be able to reform and continue their stunning growth. Although Korea has only recently found itself a part of the global stage, it is a country with a rich and complex past. Early history shows that Koreans had a huge influence on ancient Japan, and their historic achievements include being the first culture to use metal movable type for printing books. However, much of their history is less positive; it is marred with political violence, poverty, and war-aspects that would sooner be forgotten by the Koreans, who are trying to focus on their promising future. The fact that Korean history has eluded much of the world is unfortunate, but as Korea becomes more of a global player, understanding and appreciation for this unique nation has become indispensable. In The Koreans, Michael Breen provides an in-depth portrait of the country and its people. an early overview of the nature and values of the Korean people provides the background for a more detailed examination of the complex history of the country, in particular its division into the Communist north and pro-Western south. In this absorbing and enlightening account of the Koreans, Michael Breen provides compelling insight into the history and character of this fascinating nation.

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 1/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.12" wide x 8.96" long x 0.72" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
Society and Values
The Three Miracles
Image and Identity
Korean Heart
Shaman Under the Skin
The Generation Gap
History
Ancient Tribes
China's Little Brother
The Broken People
Two Ways to be Korean
Economy
The Spectacle of Growth
Conglomerates
Mismanaging
Foreign Business
Working and Consuming
Politics
Breaking the Law
Dictators
Struggle for Democracy
Human Rights
The Korean Disease
Towards the Third Miracle
Next Generation
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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