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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (1 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0710308124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710308122
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,401,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Praiseworthy historical account of Korea 18 Nov 2005
By happy teaju - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Isabella Bird did a wonderful job in describing her first-hand experience of Korea and its society before Japanese occupation. Her striving for accuracy and fairness is commendable and many pictures show glipmse of life in Korea in late 19th century.
14 of 25 people found the following review helpful
So much for the "Evil" Japanese 11 Jan 2005
By chatan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book presents an insightful account of Korea (in particular, Seoul) during the final years of the Lee Dynasty.

We learn that Seoul in those days bore striking resemblance to present-day North Korea, i.e. a total hell hole. I find this fascinating because most, if not all, Koreans speak fondly of this period and lambast the Japanese for destroying their "culture".

Highly recommended.
3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Not very scholarly 12 April 2007
By buyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although this book gives an interesting snapshot of the state of Korea during the 1890's, I found the perspective to be a bit dated. Bird is a layperson describing events and accordingly provides a superficial account of Koream events. This is also a perspective of a Victorian lady with all the prejudices of that bygone era. The book is amusing from that perspective and is more like a novel; but it is hardly a scientic or sholarly study--if you are looking for a more scholarly work in your study of Korea and its history at this time you might instead look to more a recently published work and written from someone with appropriate educational background and training.

Accordingly, this book should be read with a grain of salt as it is written by a layperson with all prejudices of a bygone Victorian era. It is hardly historical. It is perhaps like reading WWII American accounts of the Japanese empire and its people and taking that as the historical perspective.
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