Politics and Policy in Traditional Korea

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  • Paperback
  • 408 pages
  • Politics and Policy in Traditional Korea
  • James B. Palais
  • English
  • 01 July 2017
  • 067468771X

About the Author: James B. Palais

James B Palais Korean 1934 2006 was an American academic, author and scholar of Korean history He was Professor of Korean History at the University of Washington and he was a key figure in establishing Korean studies in the United States.


Politics and Policy in Traditional KoreaMr Palais Theorizes In His Important Book On Korea That The Remarkable Longevity Of The Yi Dynasty Was Related To The Difficulties The Country Experienced In Adapting To The Modern World He Suggests That The Aristocratic And Hierarchical Social System, Which Was The Source Of Stability Of The Dynasty, Was Also The Cause Of Its WeaknessThe Period From To Was One In Which The Monarchy Attempted To Increase And Expand Central Power At The Expense Of The Powerful Aristocracy But The Effort Failed, And Saw A Rebirth Of Bureaucratic And Aristocratic Dominance What This Meant When Korea Was Opened Two Years Later To The Outside World Was That The Country Was Poorly Suited To The Attainment Of Modern National Objectives The Aggrandizement Of State Wealth And Power In Competition With Other Nations Thus Any Sense Of National Purpose Was Subverted, And The Leadership Could Not Generate The Unified Support Needed For Either Modernization Or Domestic Harmony The Consequences For The Twentieth Century World Have Been Portentous

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  1. AskHistorians says:

    This book is many years old now, but it remains an important study of late Joseon politics, and in particular the rule of the Daewongun, a de facto regent, in the 1860s and 1870s as well as the three year period 1873 1876 between the Taewongun s loss of power and the opening of Korea.