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- Item/ISBN: 9791186293508
- Publisher: Cum Libro
- Year: 2016
- Cover: Softcover
- Pages: 200
- Language: Korean
- Class: Book
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The English version of Letters from Korean History is published for young readers overseas who are curious about Korea and its people, and for young Korean readers keen to learn more about their own history while improving their language skills as global citizens. I hope that readers will not feel obliged to start at the beginning of Volume I and plow all the way through; rather, each letter contains a historical episode in its own right, and can be chosen and read according to the reader’s particular area of interest. The text is complemented by plenty of photos and illustrations, giving a more vivid sense of history - reading the captions that accompany these should enhance the sense of historical exploration. -Park Eunbong Progressing from the stones and bones of prehistory all the way to the turbulent twentieth century in the course of five volumes, Letters from Korean History can be browsed as a reference text or plowed through from beginning to end. As with most histories that cover such a long period, the density of information increases as the narrative approaches the present. The relatively recent Joseon period, for example, accounts for two of the five volumes (III and IV), rich as it is in events and meticulously recorded historical data. Letters from Korean History has been a great success in its native country among Korean readers. I hope that this translation will now be of help to ethnic Koreans overseas, others interested in Korea or history in general, Koreans looking to study history and English at the same time, and anybody else who believes that exploring the past is a good way to try and make sense of the confusing, flawed and wonderful present. -Ben Jackson
Contents Vol. 3
How was Joseon founded?
A new name for a new state: ‘Joseon’ or ‘Hwaryeong?’
Hanyang, Joseon’s new capital
Why the king kept moving palace
The real reason Sejong created Hangeul
Jang Yeongsil, Joseon’s greatest scientist
How were government officials appointed?
Men of integrity
How did the people of Joseon live?
Joseon, land of Confucianism
Yi Hwang and Gi Daeseung exchange letters
Neo-Confucians: a new breed of literati sparks purges
Seong Sammun and Sin Sukju
Clothes, food and housing in Joseon
Newspapers and books in Joseon
Royal annals: definitive national histories
The Three Great Bandits of Joseon
The mysterious tale of Hong Gildong
A time of crisis: Japan invades
Were turtle ships really clad in iron?
Fighting off the Manchus
Kim Sangheon and Choe Myeonggil
What caused factional strife?
Death in a rice chest: Crown Prince Sado
An Yongbok defends Ulleung-do and Dok-do
Hendrik Hamel and Park Yeon: Joseon’s two Dutchmen
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