The Ancient State of Puyo in Northeast Asia: Archaeology and Historical Memory

The Ancient State of Puyo in Northeast Asia: Archaeology and Historical Memory

by Mark E. Byington


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The Ancient State of Puyo in Northeast Asia: Archaeology and Historical Memory by Mark E. Byington

Mark E. Byington explores the formation, history, and legacy of the ancient state of Puyŏ, which existed in central Manchuria from the third century BCE until the late fifth century CE. As the earliest archaeologically attested state to arise in northeastern Asia, Puyŏ occupies an important place in the history of that region. Nevertheless, until now its history and culture have been rarely touched upon in scholarly works in any language. The present volume, utilizing recently discovered archaeological materials from Northeast China as well as a wide variety of historical records, explores the social and political processes associated with the formation and development of the Puyŏ state, and discusses how the historical legacy of Puyŏ—its historical memory—contributed to modes of statecraft of later northeast Asian states and provided a basis for a developing historiographical tradition on the Korean peninsula. Byington focuses on two major aspects of state formation: as a social process leading to the formation of a state-level polity called Puyŏ, and as a political process associated with a variety of devices intended to assure the stability and perpetuation of the inegalitarian social structures of several early states in the Korea-Manchuria region.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674737198
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 10/17/2016
Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs Series , #392
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Mark E. Byington is Project Director of the Early Korea Project at the Korea Institute, Harvard University, and President and Program Director of the Cambridge Institute for the Study of Korea.

Table of Contents

List of Plates, Figures, and Tables ix

Acknowledgments xiii

A Note to the Reader xiv

A Note on the Politics of Romanization xiv

Introduction 1

1 The Beginnings of History in Northeast Asia 8

2 Ancient Peoples and States of Northeast China and Korea 25

3 The Archaeology of Puyo-Part One: Bronze Age Antecedents 62

4 The Archaeology of Puyo-Part Two: Formation of the Puyo State 101

5 History of the Puyo State 140

6 Society and Territory of the Puyo State 181

7 Post-Conquest Puyo Survivals 231

Conclusion: Two Phases of State Formation 279

Introduction to the Appendixes: Puyo in Studies of Historical Geography 307

Appendix A The Capital of the Puyo State 309

Appendix B Koguryo's Puyo-song 336

Appendix C Parhae's Puyo-hu 347

Bibliography 357

Index 385

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