The Koryŏ period is one of the least-studied eras of Korea’s history despite the many insights it offers into Korea’s historical traditions. Current scholarship on many aspects of Koryŏ’s history supplies the bulk of the content of the latest issue of Korean Studies, the journal of the University of Hawai‘i Center for Korean Studies.
Along with an introduction by guest editor Edward J. Shultz, the recently published volume 41 of Korean Studies presents nine articles on various topics that illustrate both international and domestic developments during during the life of the Koryŏ state and society (918‑1392). The volume includes:
- “Early Koryŏ Political Institutions and the International Expansion of Tang and Song Institutions” by Jae Woo Park;
- “Interstate Relations in East Asia and Medical Exchanges in the Late Eleventh Century and Early Twelfth Century” by Oongseok Chai;
- “Koryŏ’s Trade with the Outer World” by Kang Hahn Lee;
- “Rethinking the Late Koryŏ in an International Context” by David M. Robinson;
- “The Management of Koryŏ: Local Administration (Kunhyŏn) and Its Operation” by Yokeun Jeong;
- “Kings and Buddhism in Medieval Korea” by Jongmyung Kim;
- “Analysis of Recently Discovered Late-Koryŏ Civil Service Examination Answer Sheets” by Hyeon-chul Do;
- “The Makeup of Koryŏ Aristocratic Families: Bilateral Kindred” by Myoung-ho Ro; and
- “The Characteristics and Origins of Koryŏ’s Pluralist Society” by Jong-ki Park.
The issue also contains two articles on other topics and three book reviews. The articles are: “Informal Empire: The Origins of the U.S.–ROK Alliance and the 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty Negotiations” by Victor D. Cha and “Korean Han and the Postcolonial Afterlives of ‘The Beauty of Sorrow’” by Sandra So Hee Chi Kim.
Books reviewed in this issue are In the Service of His Korean Majesty: William Nelson Lovatt, the Pusan Customs, and Sino-Korean Relations, 1876 1888 by Wayne Patterson (reviewed by Daniel C. Kane); Tourist Distractions: Traveling and Feeling in Transnational Hallyu Cinema by Youngmin Choe (reviewed by Dal Yong Jin); and South Korea’s New Nationalism: The End of “One Korea”? by Emma Campbell (reviewed by Jaehoon Bae).
Korean Studies is co-published annually by the Center for Korean Studies and the University of Hawai‘i Press. The full text of the journal is available on line at Project Muse through subscribing institutions, such as the University of Hawai‘i Hamilton Library.
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For information about submitting articles for publication in Korean Studies, see http://www.hawaii.edu/korea/pages/Publications/guidelines.pdf.