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The Current Trend and Future Task of Research on the Proprieties for Guests during the Joseon Dynasty

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2021, (144), pp.141-178
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History
  • Received : November 21, 2021
  • Accepted : December 7, 2021
  • Published : December 30, 2021

Kim Sung Hee 1

1국사편찬위원회

Accredited

ABSTRACT

In this paper, among the research achievements of Joseon history, articles that directly dealt with the proprieties for guests or analyzed Joseon’s foreign relations from a ritual point of view were summarized and future research tasks were sought. Existing historical accounts on Joseon’s foreign relations were mainly focused on political and diplomatic issues. In recent years, as interest in envoys, who oversee negotiations between countries, has been aroused, studies focusing on the activities of foreign envoys visiting Joseon and the aspect of Joseon’s hospitality with them have increased. Subsequently, an attempt was made to grasp the substance of the relationship between Joseon and the Ming dynasty by clarifying the background of the formation of diplomatic rituals and the establishment and adjustment process of ritual directives for the Ming dynasty. In this process, specific criticism was raised on the discourse of the East Asian tribute system. As such, the importance of rituals in grasping the substance of the relationship between Joseon and the Ming dynasty has been proven, but the change in diplomatic rituals followed by the replacement of Ming and Qing has yet to be clarified in detail. In addition, there is a need to overcome the dichotomy based on Sino-centrism and carefully review the specific aspects of Joseon’s making relations with the Qing dynasty. Meanwhile, sufficient research has not been conducted on the neighborly relationship of Joseon. Attempts to elucidate the historical nature of Joseon’s relationship with Japan and the Jurchen tribes began considerably early. However, a full-scale review on the directives of the proprieties for guests that Joseon implemented for them has not been attempted until recently. This stems from the tendency that research on Joseon’s relations with neighboring countries was mainly focused on analyzing Joseon-Japan relations or focused on envoys dispatched from Joseon to Japan. In order to elucidate the substance of international relations during the pre-modern period, it is necessary to pay more attention to the envoys at the forefront of diplomatic negotiations. In addition, it is necessary to promote quantitative and qualitative growth of related research through diversification of research topics on envoys from the neighboring countries. In addition, efforts are also required to analyze the process of establishing and reorganizing diplomatic rituals throughout the Joseon dynasty in accordance with the macroscopic context of international relations at the time.

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