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Confucian Reform in Chosŏn Korea
Yu Hyŏngwŏn's Pan’gye surok (Volume IV)

Edited By

Woosung Bae

ISBN 9781032181615
Published November 30, 2022 by Routledge
264 Pages 409 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Pan’gye surok (or "Pan’gye’s Random Jottings") was written by the Korean scholar and social critic Yu Hyŏngwŏn(1622-1673), who proposed to reform the Joseon dynasty and realise an ideal Confucian society. It was recognised as a leading work of political science by Yu’s contemporaries and continues to be a key text in understanding the intellectual culture of the late Joseon period.

Yu describes the problems of the political and social realities of 17th Century Korea, reporting on his attempts to solve these problems using a Confucian philosophical approach. In doing so, he establishes most of the key terminology relating to politics and society in Korea in the late Joseon. His writings were used as a model for reforms within Korea over the following centuries, inspiring social pioneers like Yi Ik and Chŏng Yakyong. Pan’gye surok demonstrates how Confucian thought spread outside China and how it was modified to fit the situation on the Korean peninsula.

Providing both the first English translation of the full Pan’gyesurok text as well as glossaries, notes and research papers on the importance of the text, this four volume set is an essential resource for international scholars of Korean and East Asian history.

Table of Contents

1. English Translation of Pan’gye surok: Book IV 2. English Translation of Supplemental Pan’gye surok: Book I 3. English Translation of Pan’gye surok: Postscript

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Woosung Bae, editor, is Professor in the Department of Korean History at the University of Seoul, Seoul, South Korea, and Visiting Scholar at Korea Institute, Harvard University (January 2009 to January 2010). He is also the author of Choson and Chunghwa: The World and Civilization That Choson Dreamt and Imagined, Tolbegae, 2014.

Sunghee Kim, translator, is Research Fellow at the National Institute of Korean History, Gwacheon, South Korea.

Yoonjeong Shim, translator, has a Ph.D. in Korean history and co-translated The Veritable Records of King Sejong 1 (Gwacheon, Gyeonggi: National Institute of Korean History, 2016).

Kenneth R. Robinson, copy editor, is a former Senior Associate Professor at International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan (Division of Social Sciences). He has co-translated with JaHyun Kim Haboush A Korean War Captive in Japan, 1597–1600: The Writings of Kang Hang (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013).