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The Study on the basis of the ‘Four Naval Battles of the World’

Seok Yeong Dal 1

1해군사관학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to look at ‘Admiral Yi Sun-Shin’ from an objective perspective and tries to figure out how ‘Four Naval Battles of the World’ were formed and began to be used in Korea. For this purpose, I reviewed historical records as well as information on ‘Admiral Yi Sun-Shin’ introduced in the media and posted on the Internet. This paper is the first academic approach to the discussion of the invented ‘Four Naval Battles of the World’ in Korea. The discussion of ‘Four Naval Battles of the World’ had strengthened as a ‘discourse’ for more than ten years in Korea. However, the academic basis of the discussion was nothing but an illusion. In this study, I tried to find out that this popular concept among Koreans was just derived from some non-professionals’ wish to raise the status of Admiral Yi and the negligence in verifying this argument. This myth had rapidly and widely spreaded on the Internet by Bandwagon Effect for a long time. This study focuses on the controversies have been maintained on the Internet in Korea. For example, the main subjects of the controversies are ‘the academic grounds for the conceptualization of ‘Four Naval Battles of the World,’ ‘The reality of the alleged contents of History of Naval Battles at other Naval Academies in the world,’ and ‘the fact whether foreign scholars have mentioned it or not.’ I expect this study would give the answer more close to the truth and put an end to the long-lasted controversy.

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