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The Korean-France War in 1866 and Hang Sung Kun -The Distorted War Hero in a Biography-

  • military history
  • 2003, (50), pp.311-343
  • Publisher : Military History Institute, MND
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

Cho, Jae-Gon 1

1서울대학교

ABSTRACT

Han Sung Kun(1833~1905) was a low level soldier as a sergeant at arms in Munsoo mountain fortress, when the French invaded Kanghwado in 1866. But the Chosun thought that the Chosun gained a victory in the war. So the Chosun made a low level soldier Han Sung Kun to war hero. Han Sung Kun went to central political stage. And many anecdote about Han was made. He became a military exercises corps commander, and it was first modern military exercise in Chosun. Also he was privy to the Lee Jae Sun's coup plot in 1881. His house was burned by the people in 1882 military coup. He was noted by king's father(Heung Sun Dae Won Kun). Avoiding the conservative, he helped to modernize the Chosun Army. In the Seoul National University Central Library, I found the book, The Korea-France War in 1866-General Han's life, published in 1928. This book, published by Song Hyun Seok, wrote the Han's life, specially Munsoo Mountain fortress battle's leading part. This book wrote from Han's birth to his death. Definitely this book's index is as follow, his birth, baby period, youth period, activity, distinguished war services in the Korea-France War(1866), the Korea-America War(1871), Byulkikun officer, connection with military coup in 1882, local officer, retirement, death. Because of biography for the public, this book have many overstatement. Also this book took information by word of mouth and writers imagination. In spite of that, this book have many data for Han's activity. In this biography, the writer gave general Han soldier sprite. The writer wrote Han's life before and after Munsoo mountain fortress battle. In this book, the writer combined the popular commercialism and great man extol.

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