The Land of Scholars: Two Thousand Years of Korean Confucianism

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Homa & Sekey Books, 2006 - History - 515 pages
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This book discusses the historical development of Korean Confucianism in terms of its social functions. It also examines the types of transfiguration Confucianism underwent and the role it played in each period of Korean history. The Land of Scholars spans from the Three Kingdoms period in 18 BC to the Joseon dynasty in 1910. The book not only gives a comprehensive and in-depth survey of the history of Korean Confucian thought but also touches on the transmission of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity in Korea. Kang Jae-eun approaches the significance of Confucianism from the perspective of its cultural and social context. He explains Confucianism from a viewpoint that reflects on exchanges between Korea and Japan and the broader context of East Asian relationships. Kang also challenges the views of some Korean academics whose works on Confucianism are considered to be distortions and misinterpretations. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Born in 1926 in Korea, Kang Jae-eun earned his PhD in literature from Kyoto University in Japan. For twenty-two years, he has been the editor of Samcheolli (Three thousand li) and Cheonggu (Korea), quarterly magazines that act as a forum and compass for Korean residents in Japan. Professor Kang is regarded as one of the foremost historians that led the Japanese academia after the liberation of Korea. His other books include Modern Thoughts of Korea and A Study of the Modern History of Korea in Japanese. ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR A Korean-American, Suzanne Lee graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in psychology. She is interested in Korean studies and her current study/research focus is Korean philosophy.
  

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Contents

What Is Confucianism?
1
GijaJoseon Really Exist?
21
Confucianism in the Three Kingdoms Period
34
Confucianism in the Late Silla Period
52
Goryeo the Land of Buddhism
71
Seongjong Elevates Confucianism
88
The National University and Twelve Private Schools
105
Is the Period of Military Regime the Dark Age?
125
Sejongand Sejo Kings of Achievements
228
The Sarim Faction Emerges and
255
Dispute on the Study of the Principle of Human
280
Situation in East Asia Becomes Chaotic Again
309
Is SinoCentrism Truly Justified?
338
Practical Learning Blooms during the Reigns
366
The World Is Changing
411
Closed Kingdom to Open Kingdom
448

The Learning of Master Zhu Comes to Korea
142
Transition in Dynasty from Goryeo to Joseon
165
Jeong Dojeon and Gwon Geun as the Two
183
Bureaucrats Armed with the Learning of Master Zhu
205
At the Crossroads of Conservatism and Modernization
474
Index
500
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