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A Study on World Geography Contents Included in Seoyu-gyeonmun (「西遊見聞」) by Yu Kil-Chun

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2019, 8(3), pp.377-397
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.8.3.4
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : October 23, 2019
  • Accepted : November 29, 2019
  • Published : December 31, 2019

Tae-Yeol Seo 1

1고려대학교 지리교육과

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ABSTRACT

This study tried to examine roles and characteristics, meaning of contents and it’s structure of Seoyu-gyeonmun (「西遊見聞」) by Yu Kil-Chun (兪吉濬, 1856-1914), particularly focusing on contents of geography. Yu started to open the viewpoint and vision on the world society through Haegug-dogi (「海國圖志」) guided by Park Khu-Su, and tried to suggest the road-map of enlightenment and illumination in Korea through his experience of studying abroad in Japan and The United States. Yu learned ideas of enlightenment through Fukujawa Yukichi (福澤諭吉), and Social Darwinism through Edward S. Morse. Yu positioned geographic knowledge at the starting point and concluding part of his book Seoyu-gyeonmun to recognize the situation of Korea and to enhance the relationship between Korea and World, and to expand the horizon and viewpoint on the world.

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