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Military Development and Growth of the Goguryeo during the Reign of King Gwangato

나동욱 1

1육군사관학교

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ABSTRACT

After King Gwangato's enthronement, Goguryeo had taken initiative in bilateral relationship to Baekje till the end of 5th century reversing the balance that has lasted since 4th century. The main supporting reasons for such a rapid growth of national power are not only the political maturity and stability and the profitable international conditions, but the development of military power. Goguryeo could organize the massive military providing necessary weapons to enlisted citizens from Haho(下戶) by intensified administrative enforcement and power of authority toward public, and the abundant iron from Laodong Area. Furthermore, the advent of stirrups in mid 4th century made Goguryeo commence new arts of combat and strategies in the battlefields. Through these opportune elements King Gwangato could hold a dominant political and military positions to Baekje by employing its strengthen military. That is to say, Goguryeo’s national growth and extension its territory was possible not only because of Goguryeo’s political stability and development by enforcing the law, of the advantageous diplomatic conditions, but of the improvement of military elements through compounding and comprehensive enlargement on armed forces capabilities.

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