A History of Korea by Kyung Moon Hwang

By Kyung Moon Hwang

A historical past of Korea

by Kyung Moon Hwang

Length: 328 pages

A concise, vigorous heritage of Korea,which explores the richness of Korean civilization from the traditional period via to the jarring transformation that led to specified trajectories during the glossy global. Chapters move either chronologically and thematically, overlaying topics akin to identification, gender and family.


'Hwang increases questions at each flip and demanding situations the reader to have interaction with matters that lively previous generations, concerns that obstacle us at the present time, and matters that impinge on our collective destiny in an international the place Korea and Koreans matter.' - James B. Lewis, Lecturer in Korean historical past, college of Oxford

About the Author

KYUNG MOON HWANG is affiliate Professor within the division of heritage on the college of Southern California, united states. he's the writer of past delivery: Social prestige within the Emergence of recent Korea (Harvard college Press, 2004).

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Excellent textbook of Korean background with an extraordinary periodical stability: I used this e-book for my introductory direction on Korean tradition, which lined from the Tan'gun delusion via hallyu (the Korean Wave). It did an excellent activity as a historical past studying, and my scholars truly loved interpreting it, too. The ebook has 3 major strengths. so far as i will be able to inform, it deals a so much up-to-date account of significant debates within the box. additionally, reflective of the services of its writer, a Harvard-educated, finished historian of early smooth Korea, the e-book has its chapters lightly divided among premodern and glossy classes. this can be a infrequent advantage that has been missing in earlier one-volume Korean historical past textbooks. in reality, this accomplished assurance used to be the most cause I followed it as my textbook within the first position, after having used different significant titles. ultimately, I trust my scholars that the writer is a wonderful storyteller. He manages to supply an in-depth account of every interval via a concise and well-chosen episode. As an teacher, i'm particularly pleased that this ebook got here out.

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No reports of such journeys in the 1370’s and 1380’s have been found; but this may be accidental, because the notarial registers of Barcelona and other Catalonian cities, where such records are to be sought, have not yet been thoroughly scrutinized. In general, political conditions were not conducive to free commercial enterprise on the part of Jews. In 1381 the municipal council of Barcelona forbade the 36 REORGANIZATION TION AND SOCIAL CONFLICT WITHIN THE ALJAMAS REORGANIZA Catalonian consul in Alexandria to rent rooms or shops in its fondaco (inn) to Jews or Moslems.

Nevertheless, the communal takkanoth of 1354 (which will be discussed later) refer to anti-Jewish trials and to the torture of Jews in order to make them confess to false charges. But the archives of the royal chancery of Aragon contain no references to such incidents. In Barcelona and smaller 24 THE ERA O F DECLINE IN ARAGON communities in northern Catalonia Jews were killed, Jewish houses demolished, and promissory notes torn up (May-June 1348). Some of the Jewish notables of Perpignan underwent baptism to save their lives.

Isaac b. Sheshet’s responsa on the constitution of the Barcelona aljama indicate that the leaders tried to extend the scope of their jurisdiction by diverse means. Instead of the legal elections under the takkanoth of 1327, they instituted a system which jurists call electio per compromissarios (elections by arbitrators). In essence, all these intrigues reveal the usual symptoms of a corrupt oligarchy. The meek and humble pietists, the poor, and the artisans, who constituted the majority of the Jewish population, could not long reconcile themselves to such a situation.

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