Keith Pratt is Professor Emeritus at the Department of East Asian Studies at Durham University. He is author of numerous books and articles about Korea including, with Richard Rutt, Korea: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary (1999).
a full and fascinating study of Korean history The Guardian Everlasting Flower is significant because for the first time there is a single book which surveys the whole cultural history of Korea, showing Korea's development within the Chinese cultural world, and demonstrating how the civilization of the peninsula changed under the impact of western and Japanese cultural influences in the twentieth century ... Pratt brings a comparative perspective to his discussion of Korean history which gives the book a breadth often missing in other works. History ... a very solidly researched, well-balanced and enjoyable read peppered with glimpses of wit and personal observation. It will be a valuable introduction to Korean history for undergraduates, non-academics and more specialist readers alike - and one that will hopefully inspire further reading. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies ... highly readable, well organised study of Korean history from earliest times to the present day. Asian Studies Review a solidly researched, well-balanced and enjoyable read peppered with glimpses of wit and personal observation. It will be a valuable introduction to Korean history for undergraduates, non-academics and more specialist readers alike Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies This book provides an informative and comprehensive coverage of the history of Korea from the prehistorical era to the present ... What distinguishes this book from other general histories of Korea is its thorough and meticulous survey of Korean cultural history ... The author does a superb job in analyzing the factors behind changes in Korean culture, in presenting Korea's cultural accomplishments, and assessing its often underestimated or even neglected contributions to the East Asian tradition. Experts as well as non-experts will find interesting and insightful knowledge of Korea and East Asia ... an excellent choice as a textbook for college level classes ... and a wonderful companion for Korea-bound travellers Canadian Journal of History Everlasting Flower represents a step forward in the historiography of modern Korea -- Donald Clarke, Professor of History