The Confucian Transformation Of Korea

The Confucian Transformation Of Korea

by Martina Deuchler
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Legislation to change Korean society along Confucian lines began at the founding of the Chosŏn dynasty in 1392 and had apparently achieved its purpose by the mid seventeenth century. Until this important new study, however, the nature of Koryŏ society, the stresses induced by the new legislation, and society's resistance to the Neo-Confucian changes

Overview

Legislation to change Korean society along Confucian lines began at the founding of the Chosŏn dynasty in 1392 and had apparently achieved its purpose by the mid seventeenth century. Until this important new study, however, the nature of Koryŏ society, the stresses induced by the new legislation, and society's resistance to the Neo-Confucian changes imposed by the Chosŏn elite have remained largely unexplored.

To explain which aspects of life in Koryŏ came under attack and why, Martina Deuchler draws on social anthropology to examine ancestor worship, mourning, inheritance, marriage, the position of women, and the formation of descent groups. To examine how Neo-Confucian ideology could become an effective instrument for altering basic aspects of Koryŏ life, she traces shifts in political and social power as well as the cumulative effect of changes over time. What emerges is a subtle analysis of Chosŏn Korean social and ideological history.

Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
An epoch-making book for Asian studies.
London Journal of Asian Studies

An outstanding contribution to our understanding of Choson society and the power and implications of Confucian ritual. It offers insight into some of the most puzzling and disturbing features of Choson society.

Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

Martina Deuchler's latest contribution to our gradually growing historical literature on traditional Korea is a richly detailed and cogently argued treatment of the relationship between intellectual and social change from the Koryo (936-1392) through the mid-Choson (1392-1910) dynasties. It is a complex and multi-layered study that is amenable to interpretation in a number of ways...[A] magnificent scholarly achievement.
— John Duncan

London Journal Of Asian Studies
An outstanding contribution to our understanding of Choson society and the power and implications of Confucian ritual. It offers insight into some of the most puzzling and disturbing features of Choson society.
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies - John Duncan
Martina Deuchler's latest contribution to our gradually growing historical literature on traditional Korea is a richly detailed and cogently argued treatment of the relationship between intellectual and social change from the Koryo (936-1392) through the mid-Choson (1392-1910) dynasties. It is a complex and multi-layered study that is amenable to interpretation in a number of ways...[A] magnificent scholarly achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674160897
Publisher:
Harvard University Asia Center, Publiications PRG
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Series:
Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series, Asia Center Series, #36
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
458
Product dimensions:
1.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Meet the Author

Martina Deuchler is Professor of Korean Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >