The making of modern Korea

Adrian Buzo*

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This fully updated third edition of The Making of Modern Korea provides a thorough, balanced and engaging history of Korea from 1876 to the present day. The text is unique in analysing domestic developments in the two Koreas in the wider context of regional and international affairs. Key features of the book include: Comprehensive coverage of Korean history; Expanded coverage of social and cultural affairs; A new chapter covering the end of the Choson Dynasty in the context of Japanese imperialist expansionism; Up-to-date analysis of important contemporary developments in both Koreas, including assessments of the Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un administrations and the North's nuclear weapons program; Comparative focus on North and South Korea; An examination of Korea within its regional context; A detailed chronology and suggestions for further reading. The Making of Modern Korea is a valuable one-volume resource for students of modern Korean history, international politics and Asian studies
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages291
ISBN (Electronic)9781317422785, 9781315688985
ISBN (Print)9781138917491, 9781138917484
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameAsia's transformations

Bibliographical note

Previously published in 2002 (9780203645123) and 2007 (978041541482) by Adrian Buzo, London : Routledge


  • Korea--History--20th century
  • Korea--History--Japanese occupation, 1910-1945
  • Korea (South)--History
  • Korea (North)--History

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    Buzo, A. (2017). The making of modern Korea. (3rd ed.) (Asia's transformations; Vol. 50). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.