China, Korea & Japan at War, 1592–1598: Eyewitness Accounts, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

China, Korea & Japan at War, 1592–1598

Eyewitness Accounts, 1st Edition

By J. Marshall Craig

Routledge

256 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Description

The East Asian War of 1592 to 1598 was the only extended war before modern times to involve Japan, Korea, and China. It devastated huge swathes of Korea and led to large population movements across borders. This book draws on surviving letters and diaries to recount the personal experiences of five individuals from different backgrounds who lived through the war and experienced its devastating effects: a Chinese doctor who became a spy; a Japanese samurai on his first foreign expedition; a Korean gentleman turned refugee; a Korean scholar-diplomat; and a Japanese Buddhist monk involved in the atrocities of the invasion. The book outlines the context of the war so that readers can understand the background against which the writers’ lives were lived, allows the individual voices of the five men and their reflections on events to come through, and casts much light on prevailing attitudes and conditions, including cultural interaction, identity, cross-border information networks, class conflict, the role of religion in society, and many others aspects of each writer’s world.

Table of Contents

1. Warning of the Tsunami to Come – Xu Yihou, patriot in exile

2. Glory in Defeat – Yoshino Jingozaemon, warrior of Japan

3. Between a Tiger and Wolves – Oh Hŭimun, refugee in his own land

4. When Peace Broke – Hwang Shin, intrepid ambassador

5. Descent into Hell – Keinen, reluctant invader

6. A World Connected – Oh Hŭimun, one among many

7. Post War – Stories retold, countries reimagined

About the Author

J. Marshall Craig completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford.

About the Series

Asian States and Empires

The importance of Asia will continue to grow in the twenty-first century, but remarkably little is available in English on the history of the polities that constitute this critical area.  Most current work on Asia is hindered by the extremely limited state of knowledge of the Asian past in general, and the history of Asian states and empires in particular.  Asian States and Empires is a book series that will provide detailed accounts of the history of states and empires across Asia from earliest times until the present.  It aims to explain and describe the formation, maintenance and collapse of Asian states and empires, and the means by which this was accomplished, making available the history of more than half the world’s population at a level of detail comparable to the history of Western polities.  In so doing, it will demonstrate that Asian peoples and civilizations had their own histories apart from the West, and provide the basis for understanding contemporary Asia in terms of its actual histories, rather than broad generalizations informed by Western categories of knowledge.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies