|About the Book|
Most of the books that Ive read about Korean history deal with large periods of time. While having a general overview of different time periods is great, lately, Ive been interested in more detailed accounts of important events in Korean history. This book definitely provides the type of Korean history that I am looking for.Coming into this book, a decent understanding of Korean history is a prerequisite. Throughout the 5,000 years of Korean history, this book only focuses on about 80 years of the Koryeo Dynasty (고려시대) in which the Choe family was able to become more powerful than the king himself due to the conflict between the civilian and military sides of the government.This book is written in a collegiate format that isnt in chronological order. Instead, the author focuses on different aspects (Buddhism, economy, peasants & slaves, etc.) in this time period and how each member of the Choe family dealt with these matters. While this style was a bit hard to follow in the beginning, by the last chapter every tied together and was reviewed thoroughly.Throughout the entire book, the author remained objective and refrained from emotional opinions. This book definitely introduced to me to deeper parts of Korean history that I was unfamiliar with. The academic approach of writing was a bit dry but very informative.