Sourcebook of Korean Civilization: Volume Two: From the Seventeenth Century to the Modern

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This is the most comprehensive and authoritative English-language anthology of primary source material on Korean civilization ever assembled. Encompassing social, intellectual, religious, and literary traditions, this volume covers the seventeenth century to the modern period. Contemporary histories, social documents, Buddhist scripture, philosophical treatises, and popular literature selected for this book reflect the dynasties and eras that helped fashion the late Choson (1600-1860) and Modern (1860-1945) periods.

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Despite their position between China and Japan, Koreans have developed a unique culture with a strong sense of national identity. While works in English on Korean art and history have been available for many years, Korean primary source materials in English have not. Lee (Korean and comparative literature, UCLA) and his colleagues have compiled the most extensive English-language anthology of Korean primary sources to date. The work has been produced in two volumes: Volume 1 (1993) covers the period up to the 16th century; Volume 2 covers materials from the 17th century to the modern period. The writings selected for translation include Buddhist scriptures, works of philosophy, contemporary histories, popular literature, critiques of European science and religion, works on music, and various proposals for reform. The introduction to Volume 2 gives an excellent overview of the history of the two eras coveredthe late Choson and the modern period beginning after 1860 and ending in 1945. Recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries with a readership interest in Korean studies.Robert James Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.
Offers representative writings from the 17th century to the modern period, including contemporary histories, social documents, Buddhist scripture, philosophical treatises, and popular literature. The periods covered include the era of classical civilization, the solidification of the Confucian patriarchy, early encounters with the West, annexation by Japan, and the development of Enlightenment thought. Includes chapter introductions and a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Peter H. Lee is Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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