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By Michael J. Seth

This finished and balanced background of contemporary Korea explores the social, monetary, and political matters it has confronted considering the fact that being catapulted into the broader international on the finish of the 19th century. putting this previously insular society in a world context, Michael J. Seth describes how this historical, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society first fell sufferer to jap imperialist expansionism, after which was once arbitrarily divided in part after global conflict II. Seth lines the postwar paths of the 2 Koreas_with diversified political and social structures and assorted geopolitical orientations_as they developed into sharply contrasting societies. South Korea, after an unpromising commence, turned one of many few postcolonial constructing states to go into the ranks of the 1st global, with a globally aggressive economic climate, a democratic political process, and a worldly and dynamic tradition. against this, North Korea turned one of many world's so much totalitarian and remoted societies, a nuclear strength with an impoverished and famine-stricken inhabitants. contemplating the significantly various and traditionally unheard of trajectories of the 2 Koreas, Seth assesses the insights they provide for knowing not just glossy Korea however the broader standpoint of worldwide historical past.

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Opponents of the pro-Japanese government gained courage. Min clan members forced Pak Yo˘ng-hyo back into exile in July, and the Kabo reform effort seemed threatened. A new Japanese minister, Miura Goro¯, arriving in September, sought to reverse this shift in power by eliminating Queen Min, around whom many of the pro-Russian, anti-Japanese Korean officials rallied. Following his plan, on October 8, Japanese thugs and some Korean collaborators broke into the palace and murdered Queen Min, two ladies-in-waiting, and a court official.

A mass meeting was held at Chongno in central Seoul on February 20, 1898, to pressure the government and to arouse the interest of the public on this issue. Conservatives in the government were concerned about the growing influence of the club and of So˘ Chae-p’il. When in the spring of 1898, under pressure from these conservatives, So˘ returned to the United States, the club lost its most important leader. Yun Ch’i-ho took over the leadership of the club and seemed to get some support from the king.

But the new religion did not die out. He left behind a few hundred followers, and out of these a second leader emerged, Ch’oe Si-hyo˘ng (Hyewo˘l), a man from a poor commoner family. Based on a few poems and essays the founder Suun had left, he compiled a holy book of Tonghak thought and a hymnbook. His followers gradually grew in numbers during the 1880s. Following a time-honored Korean custom of honoring one’s ancestors and 24 Chapter 1 teachers by seeking to posthumously exonerate them if they had been disgraced or purged, Tonghak leaders urged Ch’oe Si-hyo˘ng to petition the court to restore the founder’s good name as well as that of other victims.

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