Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, Vol. 20, N- 2 (2007)

This volume includes three articles from the field of Korean History:

-Sem Vermeersch analyzes the historiographical aspects of stelae as a genre to provide a framework for better understanding early Korean Buddhism in his article, “The Eminent Koryŏ Monk: Stele Inscriptions as Sources for the Lives and Careers of Koryŏ Monks.”

-Song Kiho addresses the history of literacy on the Korean peninsula, using a variety of sources to present a comparative evaluation of literary development in the Three Kingdoms period in “Ancient Literacy: Compariosn and Periodization.”

-Haruka Matsuda’s “A Clash of Empires in East Asia: The Geneva Conference on Korea, 1954” brings our attention to a more recent event in Korean history, providing a fresh evaluation of an event that is sometimes overlooked in regard to its impact on the course of world history in the second half of the 20th century.

In addition, this issue includes two feature essays:

-Martina Deuchler offers her insights on her long and distinguished career in the field of Korean Studies in “Some Reminiscences on Forty Years of Research in Korea.”

-Károly Fendler unearths a wealth of archival resources that offer a unique perspective on the critical period of Korea’s early modernization and colonization in “Austro-Hungarian Archival Sources of Korean History (1884-1910).”

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