Sources of Korean Tradition: From early times through the sixteenth century

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Peter H. Lee, William Theodore De Bary
Columbia University Press, 2000 - History - 432 pages
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Drawn from Peter H. Lee's Sourcebook of Korean Civilization, Volume I, this abridged introductory collection offers students and general readers primary readings in the social, intellectual, and religious traditions of Korea from ancient times through the sixteenth century. Sources of Korean Tradition is arranged according to the major epochs of Korean history, including sections on: Korean culture - its origins, writing, education, poetry, song, social life, and rituals; religion - the rise of Buddhism and Confucianism; the economy - the land, agriculture, commerce, and currency; and its changing political structures.

A superb collection by the foremost scholars in the field, Sources of Korean Tradition is supplemented by a bibliography and prefaces by both editors. An impressive storehouse for the grand corpus of thought, beliefs, and customs held by people of Korea for centuries, this volume is a valuable companion for those interested in the history of Korea and East Asian studies.

  

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Contents

Chapter One Origins of Korean Culture
3
Founders of Tribal Federations
13
Chapter Two The Rise of the Three Kingdoms
18
Chapter Three The Introduction of Buddhism
34
Maitreya and Esoteric Buddhism
48
Confucian Political Thought
63
Chapter Five The Rise of Buddhism
78
Oisang and the Flower Garland School
90
Resurgence of Buddhism
224
Publication of the Tripitaka
237
Geomancy
243
NeoConfucianism
251
Introduction
261
Chapter Thirteen Founding the Choson
271
Chapter Fourteen Political Thought
279
The Way of Principle
285

Belief in the Pure Land
101
Divination Ceremonies
105
Chapter Seven Local Clans and the Rise
117
Geomancy
131
Introduction
139
Founding of KoryS
151
Development of Confucian Polity II
168
Chapter Nine KoryS Society
176
The Family
182
Chapter Ten Military Rule and Late
190
Civilians Under Military Rule
198
Late KoryS Reforms
205
The Chntae
216
Chapter Fifteen Culture
293
The Recruitment Examinations
300
Science and Technology
306
Compilation of Medical Books
309
Funerary and Ancestral Rites
315
Chapter Seventeen Economy
327
Wealth and Commerce
333
Circulation of Currency
336
Yi Hwang 15011570 and the Sage Learning
349
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375
Kim Sisup 14351493
388
Bibliography
403
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Peter H. Lee is Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Songs of Flying Dragons: A Critical Reading; A Korean Storyteller's Miscellany; and Pine River and Lone Peak.

Wm. Theodore de Bary is John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus of Columbia University. He is the compiler of Sources of Chinese Traditionand Sources of Japanese Tradition, and editor of The Rise of Neo-Confucianism in Korea, all published by Columbia University Press.

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