The Annals of King T'aejo

Voorkant
Harvard University Press, 9 jun. 2014 - 1028 pagina's

Never before translated into English, this official history of the reign of King T'aejo--founder of Korea's long, illustrious Choson dynasty (1392-1910 CE)--is a unique resource for reconstructing life in late-fourteenth-century Korea. Its narrative of a ruler's rise to power includes a wealth of detail not just about politics and war but also about religion, astronomy, and the arts.

The military general Yi Songgye, posthumously named T'aejo, assumed the throne in 1392. During his seven-year reign, T'aejo instituted reforms and established traditions that would carry down through the centuries. These included service to Korea's overlord, China, and other practices reflecting China's influence over the peninsula: creation of a bureaucracy based on civil service examinations, a shift from Buddhism to Confucianism, and official records of the deeds of kings, which in the Confucian tradition were an important means of educating succeeding generations. A remarkable compilation process for the sillok, or "veritable records," was instituted to ensure the authority of the annals. Historiographers were present for every royal audience and wrote down each word that was uttered. They were strictly forbidden to divulge the contents of their daily drafts, however--even the king himself could not view the records with impunity.

Choi Byonghyon's translation of the first of Korea's dynastic histories, The Annals of King T'aejo, includes an introduction and annotations.

 

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General Introduction
1
First Year of Reign 1392
101
Second Year of Reign 1393
234
Third Year of Reign 1394
335
Fourth Year of Reign 1395
462
Fifth Year of Reign 1396
560
Sixth Year of Reign 1397
630
Seventh Year of Reign 1398
730
Glossary of Terms
899
Glossary of People and Places
953
Bibliography
991
Index
995
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Over de auteur (2014)

Choi Byonghyon is Professor of American Literature at Honam University.

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