Charts the incredible rise of South Korea, from colonisation and civil war to today’s thriving nation.
South Korea has a remarkable history. Born from the ashes of imperial domination, partition and a devastating war, back in the 1950s there were real doubts about its survival as an independent state. Yet South Korea endures: today it is a boisterous democracy, a vibrant market economy, a tech powerhouse, and home to the coolest of cultures. In just seventy years, this society has grown from a shrimp into a whale.
What explains this extraordinary transformation? For some, it was individual South Koreans who fought to change their country, and still strive to shape it. For others, it was forward-looking political and business leaders with a vision. Either way, it’s clear that this is the story of a people who dreamt big, and whose dreams came true.
Shrimp to Whale is a lively history of South Korea, from its millennia-old roots, through the division of the Peninsula, dictatorship and economic growth, to today’s global powerhouse.
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'Captures South Korea’s triumphant postwar ascent from abject poverty and trauma.’
'This is a book by someone who adores South Korea and has done so since his first trip there as a student. […] Pacheco Pardo captures the remarkable scope of recent triumphs that give South Korea both agility — as Moon’s diplomacy has shown — and the affection of a global audience.'
'[An] engaging account.'
'[A] well-told story of South Korea’s rise to spotlight.'
''Shrimp to Whale' is an enthusiastic and breezy book that trumpets the success of South Korea... It surveys the country's complex and fascinating story, and its rise from the bottom to where it is today.'
'A wonderful introduction to contemporary Korean history. This book shows how a small "hermit nation" in Northeast Asia has transformed into a vibrant, dynamic society. A must-read for those who want to understand Korea today.'
'A fluid and informative read. Pacheco Pardo's recounting of Korea's remarkable odyssey is accessible to a general audience, as well as an important contribution to the scholarship in the field. Highly recommended!'
'A wide-ranging, lucidly written history. The author tracks South Korea's dizzying and rapid transformation into one of the world's most notable middle powers and regional dynamos--from independence to the Covid-19 pandemic.'
'Pacheco Pardo observes Korea with empathy and admiration, as only a Spaniard might. He understands the profound pain that was inflicted on the Koreans by a civil war, and the dictatorship that preceded the feisty democracy they enjoy today. In this beautiful account, he celebrates the uncommon resilience and courage of the Korean people, giving the world the benefit of their genius and industry.'
'With passion, comprehensive depth and a bird’s eye view from afar and up close, this is a valuable read for anyone with an intellectual curiosity in South Korea and its remarkable journey, achieving in several decades what has taken others centuries or millennia.'
'Since the Korean War, Korea has established itself as a "Global Korea". This book introduces Korean politics, economy and democratisation, and the global phenomenon K-pop, which have transformed from shrimps to whales. Pacheco Pardo's book will be an insightful guide for the general public as well as experts who seek to gain a deeper understanding of Korea.'