Friday, October 3, 2008
Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History by Bruce Cumings
Cumings brings a lively narrative voice to Korean history, making it an engaging and at times a compelling read. Being a “modern” history, most of the focus is on the 19th and 20th centuries, and the early section highlights important features of the peninsula’s changes. It’s too slim a volume to provide the rich cultural foundation of history that shaped the decisions and thinking that led to the major upheavals of the modern time, but it more than adequately covers a broad vista of modern history.