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5.0 von 5 Sternen EMINENTLY READABLE. IRRESISTIBLE.
I was warned against Prf. Cumings and his "unwholesome" views by some credible and respectable people. But when I asked them if they had actually read this work, I found out, as I had already suspected, that not one of them had! Naturally, I HAD TO satisfy my curiosity about this infamous author. AND I AM SO GLAD I DID. I know more for having read it...
Am 23. August 1998 veröffentlicht

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Revisionism intrudes on Reality
While Cumings makes interesting points, especially on the early days of Korea, his discussion of modern history is way too revisionist. The ludicrous idea that the United States bares the brunt of the blame for the Korean War ignores both the US attempt to save as much of Korea as possible from Stalinism, as well as Stalin's secret endorsement of Kim's invasion BEFORE...
Am 20. August 1999 veröffentlicht


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5.0 von 5 Sternen EMINENTLY READABLE. IRRESISTIBLE., 23. August 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I was warned against Prf. Cumings and his "unwholesome" views by some credible and respectable people. But when I asked them if they had actually read this work, I found out, as I had already suspected, that not one of them had! Naturally, I HAD TO satisfy my curiosity about this infamous author. AND I AM SO GLAD I DID. I know more for having read it. And reading it was so enjoyable.
Indeed, one of the most impressive aspects of this book is that it is so WELL WRITTEN. His prose is stylish and elegant. Do not expect of him the tedious and ponderous grandiosity adopted by the run-of-the-mill historians. His sentences are precise, energetic, and fluid.
And what's more, I was charmed by his irrepressible wit. Indeed, it rendered reading through the all too many dreadful passages in Korea's history somewhat less unpleasant. Yes, he is definitely opinionated (and isn't that the whole point of a historian's writing about alleged facts anyway?) but very charmingly so. His refreshing candor and avowed passions for his beloved subject is disarming, and touching.
As for the contents, they were shocking, to say the least. Take it from a Korean American who attended the draconian South Korean schools during the Park Chung-Hee regime; one becomes VERY skeptical when it comes to Korean "history". And I say as a skeptic that he has dug up some interesting facts, and I do believe that he did not manufacture them. Compared to the sloppily documented (if at all) slop they gave me in schools and the sleazy, bogus stuff circulating in Korean periodicals and papers, this version of history is far more plausible. And definitely possible - actually, make that probable - and certainly more compellingly presented.
Also of interests are his sources. He cites many works I had never heard of before, for some reason or other. And there are many. Just for these alone this book should be highly recommended.
*** Warning! You may get royally ticked off, especially if you are of Korean heritage or naive enough to trust that justice and wisdom prevail in this world.
And I'd like to add, as a Korean American, that it is a wonderful change to actually read a book on Korea by a non Korean-born person who actually does "know all about Korea". I am particularly appreciative of the fact that he kept taking words right out of my mouth regarding the patronizing Western attitudes, especially from the likes of Beatrice Webb, who kept calling the Korean race "horrid", "low vertebrates," etc. When I emigrated to this country in '79, the only books I could find in my school library on Korea were written by people such as she. I was twelve and I shook with an impotent rage when I came across such ignorant remarks from such half-educated, narrow-minded, "Christians" abroad, out to "help" a benighted yellow race but only succeeding in blinding people back home about what was really out there - people just like them struggling to modernize.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Frank and illuminating, 22. Juni 1998
Von Ein Kunde
A page turner for anyone interested in Korean and East Asian history, culture or politics. Not overly detailed or too broad, Cummins book is elucidating and eye-opening, shedding light on Korea's arcane and ancient history and culture, historical relationship with China and Japan, and recent rise to industrial power. Further revealing is America's involvement and culpability in Korea's division, its ensuing war, and establishment of South Korea's corrupt and undemocratic quasi-puppet gov't. The unfairly demonized North Korean regime is also given a fair shake, as it apears that America's paranoid sentiments towards anything communist often made her the threatening and bellicose super-power, rather than the other way around. Although America's cold-war policy led to it's post-war occupation of S.Korea, alliance with Japan, Korea's former colonizers, and support of military strongmen composed of former Japanese military officers, this ironically flamed the fires of left-wing grass-roots movements and anti-American sentiment in Korea, evident even to this day.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent readable background of the two Koreas., 4. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
THIS IS MY SECOND ATTEMPT AT A REVIEW AS I DON'T KNOW IF I DID IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME! This is a great and readable history and cultural background. I recommend it strongly. It is as readable as you could wish, an it gives outsiders like me (non-Korean) a feeling that I can understand the situation a bit. I had virtual strangers see it whilst I was in Pyongyang (my second visit) a week ago, and say, hey, isn't that a great book! I agreed that yes, it really is a great book. In fact, I am just ordering a replacement because I gave mine away. Not many books I spend money on twice. You can just open it anywhere and start reading, and you'll get picked up and carried along. This man can write. (Wish I could say that about some of the other non-fiction authors in the tottering pile I have waiting for me to read them.) Incidentally, I also bought his War and Television and found that fascinating too (the bits I pecked at: I don't get a lot of time for reading).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Dialectic Narrative of Modern Korea, Quite Convincing!, 27. Januar 2000
Von Ein Kunde
Mr. Cumings is one of foreign historians I belive, and this book again quite satisfies me. Especially, his international, dialectic pespectives help me understand complex dynamics of two Koreas. Well, I have learned much from reading this one, and thanks to his interesting narrative techniques, I enjoyed it a lot, too. As a scholar of South Korea, I want to recommend this book to everybody, not only foreign intellectuals interested in Korea, but also some of South Koreans who have not been released yet from simple, one-sided historical myths about Modern Korea.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Accurate portrayal of both Koreas, 24. August 1998
Von Ein Kunde
The book deals with both North & South Korea fairly. Cummings lays out America's bungling in another Asian country before Vietnam. & even now. He also provides the civil rights abuses in South Korea that were occurring up to the 1980's. He also explains the current Western false thinking of North Korea as a renegade state and thinking of reunification in terms of Germany's. Unfortunately the book only goes up to 1996, & doesn't cover the 1997 South Korean economic meltdown & IMF bailout. This would change substantially Cummings opinions & predictions for South Korea. For example, he predicts that Kim Dae Jung will never win politcal office, which has occurred in the past year.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen One of the three best books on Korea that I have ever read., 25. Oktober 1998
I have read many books about Asia. I currently live in Korea, speak Korean and work as a "Korea Expert." It was a relief to find a book that actually looked at Korea as Korea, and not as a vassal of China or a colony of Japan. The author's views tend to be a bit left of center, but this does not detract from the overall solidity of the book. Excellent reading!!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Revisionism intrudes on Reality, 20. August 1999
Von Ein Kunde
While Cumings makes interesting points, especially on the early days of Korea, his discussion of modern history is way too revisionist. The ludicrous idea that the United States bares the brunt of the blame for the Korean War ignores both the US attempt to save as much of Korea as possible from Stalinism, as well as Stalin's secret endorsement of Kim's invasion BEFORE it happened (known because Soviet archives have been opened).,
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Definte Wrong Point., 23. März 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Actually I did not read this book. But I read the review on it. I found that Bruce Cumings mentions that Japan influenced Korean Culture. This is definitely wrong point. Korea was infulenced by Chinese Culture and they handed it down for Japanese. Most of western people who did not learn East-far Asian history seriously believe that Japan has been always stronger and influenced on Korea but it is sbsolutely not true. Before Maiji period(Japanese westernization time), they had always treated Korea as their big brother. I recommend the authors from Western countries should be careful on this fact.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Definte Wrong Point., 23. März 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Actually I did not read this book. But I read the review on it. I found that Bruce Cumings mentions that Japan influenced Korean Culture. This is definitely wrong point. Korea was infulenced by Chinese Culture and they handed it down for Japanese. Most of western people who did not learn East-far Asian history seriously believe that Japan has been always stronger and influenced on Korea but it is sbsolutely not true. Before Maiji period(Japanese westernization time), they had always treated Korea as their big brother. I recommend the authors from Western countries should be careful on this fact.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Definte Wrong Point., 23. März 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Actually I did not read this book. But I read the review on it. I found that Bruce Cumings mentions that Japan influenced Korean Culture. This is definitely wrong point. Korea was infulenced by Chinese Culture and they handed it down for Japanese. Most of western people who did not learn East-far Asian history seriously believe that Japan has been always stronger and influenced on Korea but it is sbsolutely not true. Before Maiji period(Japanese westernization time), they had always treated Korea as their big brother. I recommend the authors from Western countries should be careful on this fact.
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