Sources of Korean Tradition: v. 1

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

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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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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 22mm | 639.56g
  • Columbia University Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • 0231105673
  • 9780231105675
  • 543,259

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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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About Peter H. Lee

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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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.

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Table of contents

PrefaceExplanatory NoteContributorsPart I. Three Kingdoms and Unified Silla1. Origins of korean culture2. The Rise of the Three Kingdoms3. The Introduction of Buddhism4. Consolidation of the State5. The Rise of Buddhism6. Poetry and Song7. Local Clans and the Rise of the Meditation SchoolPart II. KoryoIntroduction8. Early Koryo Political Structure9. Koryo Society10. Military Rule and Late Koryo Reform11. Buddhism: The Ch'ont'ae and Chogye Schools12. Popular Beliefs and ConfucianistsPart III. Early ChosonIntroduction13. Founding the Choson Dynasty14. Political Thought in Early Choson15. Culture16. Social Life17. Economy18. Thought19. BuddhismNotesBibliographyIndex

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