Letters from Korean History has been a great success in its native country among young Korean readers. This translation version will now be of help to ethnic Koreans overseas, others interested in Korea or history in general, Koreans looking to study history and English at the same time.
Progressing from the stones and bones of prehistory all the way to the turbulent twentieth century in the course of five volumes, Letters from Korean History can be browsed as a reference text or plowed through from beginning to end. As with most histories that cover such a long period, the density of information increases as the narrative approaches the present. With plenty of photos and illustrations, readers are able to acquire a vivid sense of history.
Eun bong Park
Park Eunbong gained a bachelor’s degree and pursued postgraduate studies in History at Korea University. She is the author of a number of several historical works, including Letters from Korean History (five volumes), Hanguksa sangsik barojapgi(“Restoring Common Sense in Korean History”), Segyesa 100 jangmyeon (“100 Scenes from World History”), Hanguksa 100 jangmyeon(“100 Scenes from Korean History”), Hanguksa dwinniyagi (“Below the Surface of Korean History”), Eomma-ui yeoksa pyeonji(“Historical Letters from Mom”) as well as the jointlyauthored Inmul yeoseongsa-Hanguk pyeon (“Women in History-Korean Edition”). Letters from Korean History was awarded the 45th Korea Book Award.
Ben Jackson comes from England and has a master’s degree in Korean Literature from the University of London. He is a former production editor of SEOUL magazine and has compiled English-language guides to Korean museums, galleries and architecture. He has translated several works of Korean literature and currently works as a translator and writer.
When did the first humans settle in Korea?
What did Paleolithic Koreans look like?
How did Neolithic Koreans live?
The Bronze Age and Gojoseon, the first state in Korean history
Korea, a land of dolmens
How was life in Gojoseon?
Gojoseon: originally just ‘Joseon’
What came after Gojoseon?
What was the purpose of ‘jecheon haengsa?’
The founding of the Three Kingdoms and Gaya
Goguryeo: a Northeast Asian superpower
The riddle of the Gwanggaeto Stele
Baekje, land of cultural refinement
King Mu and Princess Seonhwa
Buddhism, key to the culture of the Three Kingdoms
Influence of the Buddhist culture of the Three Kingdoms on Asuka
Life in the Three Kingdoms period
Fridges and drinks
How did Silla achieve unification?
Hwarang: boys as beautiful as flowers
Silla, land of the bone-rank system
Hyangga: songs of Silla
Balhae, land of mystery
Balhae’s road network
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