A New History of Korea

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Harvard-Yenching Institute, 1984 - 474 pages

The first English-language history of Korea to appear in more than a decade, this translation offers Western readers a distillation of the latest and best scholarship on Korean history and culture from the earliest times to the student revolution of 1960. The most widely read and respected general history, A New History of Korea (Han'guksa sillon) was first published in 1961 and has undergone two major revisions and updatings.

Translated twice into Japanese and currently being translated into Chinese as well, Professor Lee's work presents a new periodization of his country's history, based on a fresh analysis of the changing composition of the leadership elite. The book is noteworthy, too, for its full and integrated discussion of major currents in Korea's cultural history. The translation, three years in preparation, has been done by specialists in the field.

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Contents

WalledTown States and Confederated Kingdoms
9
Aristocratic Societies Under Monarchical Rule
36
The Fashioning of an Authoritarian Monarchy
66
The Age of Powerful Gentry Families
92
The Hereditary Aristocratic Order of Koryo
110
Aristocratic Society and the Economic Structure
120
Aristocratic Culture
129
Disturbances in the Aristocratic Order
136
Sirhak and Other New Intellectual Concerns
234
Instability in the Yangban Status System
247
Development of a Popular Culture
255
The Reforms and Isolation Policy of the Taewongun
261
Growth of the Forces of Enlightenment
267
The Reform Movement of the Progressive Party
275
Nationalist Stirrings and Imperialist Aggression
300
The March First Movement
338

Emergence of the Literati
155
The Creation of a Yangban Society
172
The Rise of the NeoConfucian Literati
201
The Struggle Against the Japanese and Manchus
209
The Culture of the NeoConfucian Literati
217
Economic Growth 226
228
Changes in Japans Colonial Policy
346
The Beginnings of Democracy
373
Dynastic Lineages
387
Select Bibliography
395
IndexGlossary
414
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