Establishing a Pluralist Society in Medieval Korea, 918-1170 by Breuker

By Breuker

Spotting the uniquely codified pluralist orientation of early Kory? society (918-1170), this publication offers a thorough second look of Kory? identities and self-perceptions, which involves far-reaching results for the certainty of Kory? background

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In addition, since there are few alternatives to the nation as a conceptual category, questions of whether pre-modern historical communities with highly developed cultural and administrative resources are in some way related to the nation are also impossible to avoid. In recognition of the ubiquity of the debate on the nation, I will rely on some of the literature it has produced, particularly regarding identity formation processes in pre-modern historical communities. To escape the terminological and conceptual confusion and disagreement associated with the term ‘nation’, though, I will use another concept to refer to historical communities possessing sophisticated cultural and administrative resources.

The regular association of common descent with religion, law and territory further helped to create a sense of territorial boundedness. Chapter four, Tracing legitimation, deals with the plural notions of historical succession and descent, the plurality of Koryŏ’s pasts and the idea that the state was a cosmologically ordained community. The second part, Understanding Koryŏ pluralist ideology, is divided into four chapters that deal with the concrete workings of pluralist ideology in Koryŏ. In particular, this part explores the question of how Koryŏ’s historical background was expressed in policy and action by Koryŏ’s scholar-officials.

Often such communities exercise influence long after they have disappeared. ”34 The Three Han fulfilled their role as a charter polity in Koryŏ, while the later states of Paekche, Shilla and Koguryŏ in varying degrees, at certain times and for varying purposes also partially functioned as charter states. The use of this concept introduces a meaningful way to speak about historical communities and their identities. It allows one to address many of the pertinent questions the debate on the nation has produced, while bypassing 33 Victor Lieberman, Strange parallels: Southeast Asia in Global context, c.

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