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The Life and Political Activities of Seo Hee in the Early Goryeo Dynasty

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2021, (144), pp.391-430
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History
  • Received : November 13, 2021
  • Accepted : December 7, 2021
  • Published : December 30, 2021

Jung-Soo Han 1

1건국대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article attempted to examine the life and political activities of Seo Hee, who led the peace talks in the war against the Khitans in the early Goryeo period. He was a talented person proficient in classics and history in the early Goryeo Dynasty and had a strong sense of succession to history. He was also active as a diplomat as he was conversant with the ceremonies of treating guests with courtesy as an envoy. He was also a strategist who knew the tides of war and the importance of territory and fortifications, etc. HIs political activities were particularly prominent during the reigning period of King Seongjong. Seongjong pursued the maintenance of Confucian culture while admiring Chinese customs, and he also participated in it. In addition, he fulfilled his role as prime minister by establishing the status of a monarch and correcting the relationship between the monarch and the subject through direct speech. In the war with the Khitans, he led the peace talks to exchange envoys with the Khitans and secure territories. In particular, they tried to restore the former territory of the Goguryeo Kingdom through the expulsion of Jurchen people and the construction of 6 provinces in Gangdong. However, this could not be realized as King Seongjong started the toadying relations with the Khitan on a full scale.

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