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Korea in Its Physical and Cultural Environment Physical Setting Korea's position as a peninsula on the eastern edge of Northeast Asia has determined much of its social, political, and cultural history. Civilization on the Korean peninsula has developed in close interaction with neighboring China and other cultures on the Northeast Asian mainland, and with Japan.
Topography and climate have also been important influences on Korea's historical development. The Korean peninsula is very mountainous, especially in the north. Less than 20 percent of the land is suitable for cultivation.
The Korean climate is continental, similar to the northeastern United States, but with the precipitation patterns of monsoon Asia. Winters are cold and dry, summers hot and humid with heavy rainfall.
As in Japan and much of China, the staple food in Korea has traditionally been rice, cultivated in wet paddy fields. Labor-intensive wet-rice agriculture, combined with this difficult topography and climate, meant that most of the Korean population was concentrated into relatively small areas and into tight-knit village communities.
Social cohesion in traditional Korea was reinforced by norms of behavior strongly influenced by Confucianism from China. Unlike the warrior class in Japan, the military in Korea lost its elevated social status after the fourteenth century.
There are few ethnic minorities in Korea. The Korean language is part of the Uralic family of languages, along with Japanese and Mongolian. It is quite different from the Chinese language, which is a member of the Sinitic family of languages.
There are relatively minor differences in dialect found in Korea, and the language today is quite uniform.
See further discussion of the Korean spoken and written language below. The political, linguistic, and ethnic unity of the Korean peninsula over a long period of time has created a strong sense of national identity and distinctiveness among the Korean people.
Korea shares a long land border with China to the north, a much shorter border with Russia to the northeast, and across a narrow strait to the southeast are the islands of Japan.
Through much of its history Korea has been greatly influenced by Chinese civilization, borrowing the written language, arts, religions, and models of government administration from China, and, in the process, transforming these borrowed traditions into distinctly Korean forms. Korea has in turn exerted a strong cultural influence on Japan.
Although Koreans have adopted Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism from China, native folk religion or shamanism, which involves communicating with the spirits of nature and the dead, has been and remains popular among many ordinary people in Korea. Since the early twentieth century Christianity has also been widely practiced.
Korea had very little influence from the West until the latter half of the nineteenth century. Korea was colonized not by Western imperialist powers in the late s and early s but by Japan, an Asian imperialist power.
Japan fought China for dominance in Korea in and annexed Korea in Japanese colonialism ended in at the end of World War II. See further discussion of Korean history below. After a thirty-five year period of Japanese colonial rule between andKorea was separated into American and Soviet zones of occupation at the end of World War II.
Attempts to create a unified government over the whole Korean peninsula failed, and in these occupation zones became, respectively, the Republic of Korea South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea North Korea. The two Korean states fought a brutal war with each other between andbut the war ended without a decisive victory for either side and with the country still divided.
Despite the end of the cold war and tentative moves toward North-South reconciliation, Korea remains divided into two mutually hostile states, existing in a tense condition of armed truce. Traditional Korea Independence and Identity Prior to Japanese annexation inKorea experienced over 1, years of almost uninterrupted political independence and unity, with the exception of indirect rule by the Mongols in the thirteenth century and a period of civil war in the early tenth century.
Like Japan, Vietnam, and a number of other states in Asia, successive Korean dynasties acknowledged China as the center of civilization and paid symbolic tribute to the Chinese emperor on a regular basis.
But in practice Korea was independent of China and developed its own distinct culture and political systems, based in part on Chinese models. A number of important characteristics of traditional Korea remained well into the twentieth century, and to some extent can still be seen today.
Chinese historical records show the existence of tribal states in northern Korea and Manchuria northeast China before 1, BCE and parts of the Korean peninsula were occupied by Chinese military forces during the Han dynasty around the time of Christ.
According to Korean legend, a semi-divine figure named Tangun established the first Korean kingdom in 2, BCE and named his kingdom Chosonwhich was also the name of the last Korean dynasty and the name for Korea currently used in North Korea in South Korea, the name for Korea is "Hanguk".
All were strongly influenced by Chinese culture and government administration, including the use of the Confucian examination system to train government officials. Development of a writing system: Like the Japanese and Vietnamese, Koreans adopted the Chinese writing system.
However, like Japanese, the Korean language is structurally very different from Chinese, and Chinese characters were modified and new characters invented to correspond to Korean grammatical patterns. A modified Chinese writing system called idu was used along with "pure" classical Chinese to write the Korean language, until an indigenous Korean writing system was developed.
This system was called hungmin chongum meaning "correct sounds for instructing the people" when it was invented in the mid-fifteenth century but became known as Hangul after It is a phonetic writing system, that is one of the simplest and most efficient writing systems, promulgated by King Sejong in during the Choson dynasty.
Of the three, Korea was probably the most faithful to the Chinese "model," although it maintained its cultural distinctiveness and, unlike Vietnam, was never incorporated into the Chinese empire itself.The hostility and potential for military conflict between the two heavily armed Korean states is a cause of great concern for the rest of East Asia, as well as for the United States and other countries in the world.
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One major aspect of the program was continuing the policy of containment in Indochina and Laos. To gain renewed support for containment in Southeast Asia, Eisenhower publicized the ' domino theory ' .
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