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A New Window to the Imjin War : Revisiting the Jinglüefuguoyaobian with Case Studies

Minsu Park 1 KIM YOUNG JIN 2

1이화여자대학교
2서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

The Jinglüefuguoyaobian (經略復國要編, literally, Essentials on the Restoration of Joseon, Compiled by Song Yingchang) was written by Song Yingchang, the supreme commander (jinglüe) of the Ming army during the early stage of the Imjin War. The detailed accounts behind the decision to join the war, elaborate depictions of military strategies and tactics, and comprehensive records of the process behind the peace negotiations shown from the Chinese side all make this source a fascinating read. To shed new light on various aspects of the Imjin War as a 16th-century international event involving Korea, Japan, and China, this article examines the process of compilation and transmission of the Jinglüefuguoyaobian and provides overviews of each volume that can be used for future research. In addition, we present two case studies based on the Jinglüefuguoyaobian. Through this examination, we hope to lay the groundwork for a “new” - fresh, inspiring, and necessary - foundation for the academic research in the Korean academia for the Imjin War.

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