If any one is interested i have been meaning to post this for a while . first up forget Amazon these books are way to expensive and old ,you have to join a library and use Inter Library loan but if you have an interest in K History ,its worth it .
KIM RENAUD KING SEJONG THE GREAT
HOLCOMBE CHARLES THE GENESIS OF EAST ASIA
COVELL JON JAPANS HIDDEN HISTORY
HAN WOO KEUN HISTORY OF KOREA
KIM HABOUSH CONFUCIAN KINGSHIP IN KOREA
WAGNER EDWARD THE LITERATI PURGES
HOEFER HANS J INSIGHT GUIDE KOREA
RUTT RICHARD ,JAMES SCARTH GATES HISTORY OF THE KOREAN PEOPLE
HENTHORNE WILLIAM E HISTORY OF KOREA
HENTHORNE WILLIAM E KOREAS MONGOL INVASIONS (KORYO )
INOUE YASUSHI WIND AND WAVES (KORYO )
KIM HARBOUSH MEMOIRS OF LADY HYEGYONG (Sado Seja )
KI BAIK LEE A NEW HISTORY OF KOREA (Great stuff on Balhae ,Tae Cho Yong (Dae Jo Young )Chang Po Go /Jango Bo )
PRATT KEITH EVERLASTING FLOWER
TAE HUNG HA SAMGUK YUSA
TAE HUNG HA BEHIND THE SCENES OF ROYAL PALACES IN KOREA
CHOI BYONG HYUN BOOK OF CORRECTIONS
YI IN HWA EVERLASTING EMPIRE
DE BARRY WT THE RISE OF NEO CONFUCIANISIM IN KOREA
JO WANNE T TRADITIONAL KOREA A CULTURAL HISTORY
SHULTZ EDWARD SCHOLARS ANDF GENERALS (KORYO)
HATADA TAKASHI HISTORY OF KOREA
HULBERT HOMER B HISTORY OF KOREA VOLS 1 and 2 (1905 Text ,has massive info missing in more modern historys ,also a very chatty history )
Thats just a few if you are interested in K History ,cant read Hangul than this is your English Language Guide .
dyc, can you recommend one English-language book on Korean history that you think is particularly good? I've been looking for one book that provides a good general overview of the whole of Korean history for non-Korean readers. Without knowing one book from another, I'm reluctant to shell out the money for any of them. But if you have a recommendation, that would help me a lot.
I have to go with Hulbert's massive 2 volume History really . Its horribly out of print so join a Library and get it through an interlibrary loan . What i like about Hulbert is he had access to all kinds of records and covers so much stuff you will not find in modern texts . Also i would tip the hat to Behind The Scenes Of Royal Palaces in Korea by Tae Hung Ha . Both of these tomes are very chatty and informative . for a more modern text Ki Baek Li A New History Of Korea .
Thanks, dyc! Much appreciated. For now I'll go with the "New History"; something basic to start off with and not overwhelm a simple mind. I just ordered a copy.
For everybody's information, there are plenty of used copies of "New History" listed on bookfinder.com for under $10, shipping included. So it's affordable enough that you can buy your own and not be on a library's timetable.
dyc, the book arrived yesterday and it looks fantastic. Exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. I have a lot of reading and writing that I need to catch up on, but I'll start in on the book ASAP and will let you know how it goes.
By the way, the professor who wrote the paper in the "paper" thread mentioned that book too. He said that when he was teaching (he's emeritus now), he used a 1991 book called "Korea Old and New, a History" which is a combination of Ki Baek Li's material on earlier history and several other contributors' material on modern history. So you obviously picked the right book to recommend for this forum. Thanks again.