Sources of Korean Tradition: v. 1: From Early Times Through the Sixteenth Century

Sources of Korean Tradition: v. 1: From Early Times Through the Sixteenth Century

Paperback Introduction to Asian Civilizations

Edited by Peter H. Lee, Edited by Yongho Ch'oe, Edited by William Theodore De Bary, Edited by Hugh H.W. Kang

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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 22mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231105673
  • ISBN 13: 9780231105675
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 436,730

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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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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 Tradition and Sources of Japanese Tradition, and editor of The Rise of Neo-Confucianism in Korea, all published by Columbia University Press.

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A monumental accomplishment. Korean Studies Beginning scholars of Asian Studies...will find this a challenging but worthwhile book to read. Korean Quarterly

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Drawn from Peter H. 'Lee's Sourcebook of Korean Civilization, Volume 1', 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.

Table of contents

Buddhism: The Ch'on t'ae and Chogye SchoolsPopular Beliefs and Confucianists3. Early ChosonIntroductionFounding the Choson DynastyPolitical Thought in Early ChosonCultureSocial LifeEconomyThoughtBuddhism