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Analysis over Korean Studies in the late 19th to early 20th centuries based on Bibliographical works

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2021, (141), pp.211-246
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History
  • Received : February 1, 2021
  • Accepted : February 24, 2021
  • Published : March 30, 2021

Bae Minjae 1

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ABSTRACT

This study tracked changes in the production and accumulation of Korean-related western writings since the late 19th century, based on the bibliographical works on Korea. In the late 19th century, various western writings on Korea started to get published, as the contact between Korea and the West began in earnest. It was after more than half a century that Korean researchers began to pay attention to the western perceptions of Korea during the opening period. Although many studies have been showed interest in western literature on Korea that was produced after the opening of the port, it was not revealed what role those writings have played in the western knowledge on Korea and how the knowledge was produced or distributed at the time. This study tries to examine the specific context in which knowledge about Korea was produced, noting that the political and social changes in the late 19th century were recognized instrumentally, but that contact areas were formed. Based on several bibliography lists, this study identifies the trend of western knowledge of Korea, and also explains the changes in density of the producing agents and Korean society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The main purpose is to reveal the basis and context of western knowledge of Korea at the time, and use it as a starting point for research to track changes in the long-term continuous flow.

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