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Frontier Contact between Chosŏn Korea and Tokugawa Japan (review)

Frontier Contact between Chosŏn Korea and Tokugawa Japan (review) korean studies, vol. 31 caped editing, as in the case of "ky0ngsang" for Kogury0's "ky0ngdang" (p. 36). More recurrent, though, are the errors suggesting that perhaps Seth's knowledge of a particular subject is limited. Thus for example, he provides wrong dates for King P0p of Paekche (p. 37), mixes up Silla queens S0nd0k and Chind0k (p. 55), locates the H1ksan Islands to northwestern (rather than southwestern) Korea (p. 85), confuses King Kongmin's assassination in 1374 with the earlier 1363 H1ngwangsa Incident (p. 111), claims that degrees were sold (at least officially, the state sold only the court ranks and offices, p. 132), and refers to local yangban associations as "hyangan" (instead of hyanghoe, p. 160). In spite of these shortcomings, though, A Concise History of Korea is a product of diligent effort by a scholar who clearly wanted to enhance Englishlanguage readers' understanding of Korean history. Besides his easy-to-read writing style, some additional material aids the readers: one or two aptly chosen primary source excerpts toward the end of each chapter; seemingly handdrawn maps of varying quality (Silla/Parhae and Kory0 maps compare rather poorly against all others); an explanation on competing Romanization systems; a fairly extensive glossary of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Korean Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Frontier Contact between Chosŏn Korea and Tokugawa Japan (review)

Korean Studies , Volume 31 (1) – Mar 20, 2008

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korean studies, vol. 31 caped editing, as in the case of "ky0ngsang" for Kogury0's "ky0ngdang" (p. 36). More recurrent, though, are the errors suggesting that perhaps Seth's knowledge of a particular subject is limited. Thus for example, he provides wrong dates for King P0p of Paekche (p. 37), mixes up Silla queens S0nd0k and Chind0k (p. 55), locates the H1ksan Islands to northwestern (rather than southwestern) Korea (p. 85), confuses King Kongmin's assassination in 1374 with the earlier 1363 H1ngwangsa Incident (p. 111), claims that degrees were sold (at least officially, the state sold only the court ranks and offices, p. 132), and refers to local yangban associations as "hyangan" (instead of hyanghoe, p. 160). In spite of these shortcomings, though, A Concise History of Korea is a product of diligent effort by a scholar who clearly wanted to enhance Englishlanguage readers' understanding of Korean history. Besides his easy-to-read writing style, some additional material aids the readers: one or two aptly chosen primary source excerpts toward the end of each chapter; seemingly handdrawn maps of varying quality (Silla/Parhae and Kory0 maps compare rather poorly against all others); an explanation on competing Romanization systems; a fairly extensive glossary of

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Published: Mar 20, 2008

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