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Eulsa sahwa of Myungjong reign and Compilation of Sokmujungbogam

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2014, (116), pp.41-70
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

Kim YoungDoo 1

1국사편찬위원회

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ABSTRACT

The study aims to explore the compilation process and the contents of Sokmujungbogam(續武定寶鑑) and examine the characteristics of compilation practice of court-ordered history books in Choson dynasty. Sokmujugbogam is the book which was written about military activity or rebellion occurred against government after King Sungjong, The book, which was followed by Mujungbogam of Yejong reign, was published in order to assert the legitimacy of Eulsa sahwa which was occurred to reinforce Soyun(小尹)’s political power. Currently there are three different versions of Sokmujungbogam. One, known as Chosonsa pyonsuhoe or Gyujanggak version which is composed of five volumes and two books, is presumed to be re-published during Kwangheagun’s reign. Another book is, which is called Korea University Library(KU library) version which was left only volume 8 in the original eight volumes, is thought to be firstly-published version which had been once compiled in King Myungjong reign. Sokmujungbogam volume 8 dealt with Eulsa sahwa of King Myungjong and other associated political events. Considered the original purpose of Sokmujungbogam to assert the legitimacy of the ruling force, KU library version is the most closed version to its original purpose. If compared to Myungjong sillok, both books are based on the records written by Chunchugwan(春秋館). However, the political bias were deeply involved in the content of the Sokmujungbogam because it was published to fortify the legitimacy of the ruling power. At the time, as the criticism of Eulsa sahwa were widely spread in world, Sokmujungbogam was faced with a number of criticism when it was published. As a result, the book was ignored by Sarim and finally disappeared from history after they became a ruling power.

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