Sourcebook of Korean Civilization: Volume One: From Early Times to the 16th Century

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This anthology is the most ambitious, comprehensive, and authoritative English-language sourcebook of Korean civilization ever assembled. Encompassing social intellectual, religious, and literary traditions from ancient times through World War II, this collection reveals the grand corpus of thought, beliefs, and customs unique to the Korean people. Volume I features three major periods of Korean history: the Three Kingdoms and Unified Silla (57 B.C.--935), Koryo (918--1392), and Early Choson (1392-1600). Each ...
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Overview

This anthology is the most ambitious, comprehensive, and authoritative English-language sourcebook of Korean civilization ever assembled. Encompassing social intellectual, religious, and literary traditions from ancient times through World War II, this collection reveals the grand corpus of thought, beliefs, and customs unique to the Korean people. Volume I features three major periods of Korean history: the Three Kingdoms and Unified Silla (57 B.C.--935), Koryo (918--1392), and Early Choson (1392-1600). Each section begins with a broad historical introduction to provide context and perspective, and contains representative writings from the era, with commentary, background, and analysis.
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Library Journal
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.
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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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231079129
  • Publisher: Perseus (for Columbia University Press)
  • Publication date: 3/18/1993
  • Series: Introduction to Asian Civilizations Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 778
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.88 (d)

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