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Compilation of 『Annals of Gojong and Sunjong』 by Lee, Wang-Jik and the truth

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2014, (116), pp.105-142
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

JANG YOUNG-SOOK 1

1상명대학교

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ABSTRACT

11 which account for 1/3 of total 33 members of the Lee Wang-Jik annals compilation committee were Japanese people. Korean people took the roles of supervisor, compiler and historical material collector, however, central roles of chairman and core roles of each department were taken by Japanese people. Especially, Shinoda Jisaku, the chairman of Lee Wang-Jik Annals Compilation Committee, Oda Shogo of supervision department who supervised the compilation of annals, and Kikuchi Kenzo who was a historical material collector followed and spoke for the colonial policies of the Japanese Government General of Korea. They were the key persons who made the colonial view of history and believed in it thoroughly as government-patronized historians leading distortion of Joseon history. 『Annals Data of Gojong and Sunjong』 which was used for compiling the annals contains the records of the key factor of the royal family-related articles only and so it had problems of its own. This data's first stage articles up to the 1878 were noticeably small making the reign of Gojong in the initial stage neglected even in the annals, and it still remains a problem. 『Original Register of Annals Data of Gojong』 which compiled the data list referred upon describing 『Annals of Gojong』 contain many data investigated by Japan in search of the history, culture, custom and reality of Joseon Dynasty and history books described by Japanese scholars based on the colonial view of history. Especially, the history books of Sidehara Akira, Hayashi Daisuke, and Shakuo Shunjo who are considered authority of colonial histories were selected as basic data of the annals. It can be said that Japan intended to reflect the colonial histories made with distorted recognition and prejudice on Korea over the compilation of annals. Many questions can be raised over 『Annals of Gojong and Sunjong』 due to the issues of its compilation course and distorted sight of Japanese scholars falling into the colonial histories, and as it takes the their history books as its main data. Moreover, it deserves special notices upon interpreting dark side of the historical materials.

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