By Stella Xu

This publication examines the contested re-readings of “Korea” in early chinese language old documents and their impression at the formation of Korean-ness in later classes. The earliest written documents on “Koreans” are present in chinese language files produced through the Han dynasty, from the 3rd century BCE to the 3rd century CE. on the grounds that then, those early chinese language files were used as basic assets for writing early Korean historical past in Korea, China, and Japan. This learn analyzes a number of the reinterpretations and utilizations of those early files that turned extra different by means of the past due 19th century, whilst the reconstruction of historic background turned a vital a part of the formation of Korean nationwide awareness. Korea’s glossy historiography was once complex by means of a thirty-five 12 months colonial event (1910–1945) less than Japan. in this interval, jap colonial students tried to depict Korean historical past as stagnant, heteronymous, and replete with factional strife, whereas Korean nationalist historians strove to build an indigenous Korean state for you to mobilize Koreans’ nationwide attention and get well political sovereignty. whereas interested by Korea and Northeast Asia, the hyperlinks among historiography and political ideology investigated during this examine are pertinent to historians in general.

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