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Reexamination of Balhae’s Revivalism

  • 중앙사론
  • 2012, (35), pp.201-242
  • Publisher : Institute for Historical Studies at Chung-Ang University
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

나영남 1

1한국외국어대학교

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ABSTRACT

Balhae was conquered by Khitan in the year of 926 and was called Dongran afterwards. A group of Balhae people did not surrender to Khitan’s rule and fought for their independence, which led to the establishments of Post Balhae(後渤海), Jeonganguk(定安國), Allyaguk(兀惹國). However, the only proof that validates establishment of post Balhae is an article describing an ambassador of Balhae paying a tribute to China. Therefore, previous researchers’ conclusion about post Balhae such as founders and important dates are doubtful. If China’s historians lacked in knowledge and equated Dongran and Balhae, then post Balhae is nothing more than creative imagination of the researchers. Post Balhae is not a historical truth but an argumentative creation made up with repeated premises and inferences. But, Jeonganguk, founded by Balhae people, is the true successor state of Balhae. Therefore, post Balhae should be considered as a generic name for small countries that existed in Balhae lands after the fall of Balhae.

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