Frontier Contact between Choson Korea and Tokugawa Japan / Edition 1

Frontier Contact between Choson Korea and Tokugawa Japan / Edition 1

by James B. Lewis, James B. Lewis
     
 

East Asia from 1400 to 1850 was a vibrant web of connections, and the southern coast of the Korean peninsula participated in a maritime world that stretched to Southeast Asia and beyond. Within this world were Japanese pirates, traders, and fishermen. They brought things to the Korean peninsula and they took things away. The economic and demographic structures of… See more details below

Overview

East Asia from 1400 to 1850 was a vibrant web of connections, and the southern coast of the Korean peninsula participated in a maritime world that stretched to Southeast Asia and beyond. Within this world were Japanese pirates, traders, and fishermen. They brought things to the Korean peninsula and they took things away. The economic and demographic structures of Kyongsang Province had deep and wide connections with these Japanese traders. Social and political clashes revolving around the Japan House in Pusan reveal Korean mentalities towards the Japanese connection. This study seeks to define 'Korea' by examining its frontier with Japan. The guiding problems are the relations between structures and agents and the self-definitions reached by pre-modern Koreans in their interaction with the Japanese. Case studies range from demography to taxation to trade to politics to prostitution. The study draws on a wide base of primary sources for Korea and Japan and introduces the problems that animate modern scholarship in both countries. It offers a model approach for Korea's northern frontier with China and shows that the peninsula was and is a complex brocade of differing regions. The book will be of interest to anyone concerned with pre-1900 East Asia, Korea in particular, and especially Korea's relations with the outside world. Anyone interested in early-modern Japan and its external relations will also find it essential reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700713011
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/10/2003
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of maps
List of tables
Acknowledgments
1Introduction: reconstructing the past and constructing the future1
2Tsushima's identity and the post-Imjin Waeran Japan House17
3The demographic significance of the Japan House: in search of a maritime economy47
4The economic significance of the Waegwan107
5The political significance of the Waegwan146
6Leaky roofs and other matters: the riot as a Japanese negotiating tactic177
7Penetration du corps sociale: prostitution and the rivalry of power and culture at the Japan house in the eighteenth century192
8Conclusion210
App. AA bibliographical essay on Tongnae County documents and diplomatic correspondence217
App. B230
Glossary233
Notes252
Bibliography298
Index317

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