Jaejobeonbangji(再造藩邦志) is a book written by Hwaeun Shin Gyeong(1613-1653), who systematically compiled the background and progress of the Imjin War. This book was widely read in the late Joseon Dynasty and influenced the understanding of the Imjin War. In this article, I tried to introduce the life of Shin Gyeong, and to lay the foundation for understanding him and Jaejobeonbangji through a philological review of it.
Shin Gyeong was the grandson of Shin Heum, a renowned writer of the late Joseon Dynasty, who was influenced by family studies and had an open academic tendency. He had great talent and was looking forward to the future, but he gave up his will to move on to the world and lived in seclusion.
He collected facts related to the Imjin War, and wrote Jaejobeonbangji, in the wake of the anger he felt during the Manchu Invasion of Korea. It contains the consciousness of the grace of the Ming Dynasty to saved the country, as well as the anger over Joseon's surrender to the Qing Dynasty. In addition, this book is based on Jeongwaeji, his grandfather Shin heum's work, so I think there was a family studies influence here.
Jaejobeonbangji has gone through a number of penmanship since it was first published in type, and in the 18th century, it was widely distributed, with Korean translates also being made.