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Diplomacy and Idea of Amenomori Hoshu in the Record of the Joseon Dynasty Diplomatic Envoy to Japan

  • 日本硏究
  • 2018, (48), pp.199-216
  • DOI : 10.20404/jscau.2018.02.48.199
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : December 30, 2017
  • Accepted : January 31, 2018
  • Published : February 20, 2018

Hoyun Lee 1

1서울기독대학교

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ABSTRACT

Amenomori Hoshu is known to be a political thinker who advocated ‘the diplomacy on the basis of sincerity and trust’ based on ‘equality, parity’ with Joseon unlike the modern Japan’s idea of invasion of Asia. However, If we see the historical records that mention Amenomori out of the records of the diplomatic envoy that was dispatched by the Joseon Dynasty to Japan's feudal government for intercommunication, it can be known that they described Amenomori’s actions and strives that conflict with ‘the diplomacy on the basis of sincerity and trust’ he advocated and the evaluation on Amenomori was not very good. Premodern East Asian Intellectuals evaluated other persons depending on the degree of achievement of ‘Chinese civilization which Confucianism (禮樂文物)’ that was the universal idea at that time aimed for, and ‘the diplomacy on the basis of sincerity and trust’ was established by confirming the feeling of solidarity with the counterpart standing on the basis of ‘etiquette and music culture and civilization’. Amenomori took charge of the practical affairs of the diplomacy with Joseon and while accepting the demand of Japan's feudal government and Joseon, actively arbitrated and negotiated with Joseon. In these processes, there were strives and frictions and because of that, he was negatively described in the record of Joseon. ‘The theory of the diplomacy on the basis of sincerity and trust’ that Amenomori advocated in his later days could be said to be an idea that was born by him emphasizing ‘Chinese civilization which Confucianism(禮樂文物)’ with many frictions and strives in the scenes of diplomacy as a lesson.

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