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Diplomatic relations and Trade of Balhae-Japan in the later 8th century

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2006, (81), pp.127-155
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

Cho lee ok 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

The many papers on the relations of Balhae-Japan in the later 8th century have mainly dealt with the conversion of the political diplomacy to the economic one from the Japanese point. In other words, it has been regarded as an economic reason that Balhae dispatched envoys on a large scale to Japan to talk over the trade issue when Japanese withdrew its devil design for invading Shilla. Balhae, however, dispatched the a large number of the envoys consisting of about 180 to 300 people to Japan five times within the short period of the later reign of king Moon from 771 to 779, It is notice-able that Balhae consistently took high-handed diplomatic policy even to cause the diplomatic friction with the sovereign's message born by a Balhae envoy. It means the change of Balhae's diplomatic policy toward Japan that Balhae dispatched a large diplomatic mission. Shortly, Balhae rapidly grew in the later 8th century and there was a change in both domestic and abroad situation. It is thought that it made Balhae lead the large scale trade with Japan as well as adopt a very uncompromising position on the diplomatic issues.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.