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Activities of the First Russian Diplomat Karl I. Waeber in Korea During the Establishment of Russo-Korean Relations(1885-1888)

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2014, 29(2), pp.293-328
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2014.29.2.010
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation

Bella B. Pak 1

1러시아과학아카데미 동방학연구소

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This paper studies diplomatic activities and views of Russian diplomat Karl Ivanovich Waeber during the early stages of his service in Korea based on archival and published sources. It shows his personal contribution to the establishment of the Russo-Korean relations, strengthening of Russia’s position in Korea, expansion of Russo-Korean contacts during the preparation and signing of the Russo-Korean treaty of 1884. Retrieved from the records obtained from the Russian archives, this paper describes in detail the history of Russian-Korean negotiations upon the conclusion of the treaty, the main provisions of the signed treaty and the difficulties faced by K.I. Waeber when deciding on the rights of Koreans who migrated to Russia before the signing of the first Russian-Korean Treaty June 25, 1884 and took Russian citizenship. It provides us with unique information about the development of Russo-Korean relations and Russian policy in Korea at the end of the XIXth century.

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