Korea by 1860

Authored by: James B. Lewis

Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean History

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415739313
eBook ISBN: 9781315816722
Adobe ISBN: 9781317811497

10.4324/9781315816722.ch2

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Abstract

Starting a Handbook of Modern Korean History with the late nineteenth century will naturally fail to plumb the depths of the rich tapestry that contributes to Korean notions of kingship, state, society, culture, foreign affairs, and a host of other things that populated the minds of nineteenth-century Koreans. It is impossible to attempt a summation at the outset and not commit further violations against historical sensibilities, so the best I can do is to warn the reader that this essay can only suggest a few arguments, warnings, and suggestions about where we are beginning and how ignorant we really are.

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