[Vol. 21 No. 1] BESIEGED ON A FROZEN MOUNTAIN TOP: OPPOSING RECORDS FROM THE QING INVASION OF CHOSŎN, 1636–1637

Title
Title BESIEGED ON A FROZEN MOUNTAIN TOP: OPPOSING RECORDS FROM THE QING INVASION OF CHOSŎN, 1636–1637
Author
Author

Thomas Quartermain

Volume

Vol. 21 No. 1

Pages

pp. 137~167 (all 31 pages) 

Publication Date

2018.06.15

Keyword

Qing Invasion of Chosŏn, Anti-peace Faction, Peace Faction, Kim Sanghŏn, Nam Kŭp, Mid-Chosŏn politics, diaries

Abstract

King Injo and his entourage remained on the summit of Mount Namhan for the greater part of the Qing Invasion of Chosŏn. During this time, court officials conducted intense debates as to whether to pursue continued military resistance against the Qing, or to conclude a settlement with them on the best terms possible. These officials have typically been placed into two political factions, the Peace Faction and the Anti-peace Faction. However, such a simple division obscures the complex realities of the political intrigue operative during the invasion. There are a number of records written during the short conflict. They offer glimpses into the actual, and often concealed, context of the political manoeuvres inside the besieged mountain fortress. Two diaries, Kim Sanghŏn’s Namhan kiryak (Resource on Namhan [Mountain Fortress]) and Nam Kŭp’s Namhan ilgi (The Namhan [Mountain Fortress] Diary), look at the war inside the fortress from two perspectives—the former from the point of view of a literati official who spoke of his own willingness to die, and the latter through the eyes of a military official who actually put his life on the line in defence of the wall. Rather than either protagonist embodying a self-contained political entity or representing the only logical conclusion to the war, the writings afford us clues as to the real and understandable concerns of individuals foreseeing an inevitable outcome.

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446 [Vol. 21 No. 1] TABLE OF CONTENTS ACTA KOREANA 2018.06.15 840
445 [Vol. 21 No. 1] EDITOR'S NOTE MICHAEL C. E. FINCH 2018.06.15 347
444 [Vol. 21 No. 1] THE SILK ROAD AND KOREA-MIDDLE EAST CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: GUEST EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION LEE HEE SOO 2018.06.15 441
443 [Vol. 21 No. 1] EVALUATION OF KŪSHNĀMA AS A HISTORICAL SOURCE IN REGARD TO DESCRIPTIONS OF BASĪLĀ LEE HEE SOO 2018.06.15 341
442 [Vol. 21 No. 1] POSSIBLE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN HISTORICAL EVENTS AND THE PLOTS OF IRANIAN PRINCES EXILED IN CHĪN AND B.SĪLĀ DEPICTED IN KŪSHNĀMA LIU YINGJUN 2018.06.15 320
441 [Vol. 21 No. 1] GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION OF SILLĀ IN MUSLIM ASTRONOMICAL LITERATURE OF THE THIRTEENTH TO SIXTEENTH CENTURIES CE MOHAMMAD BAGHER VOSOOGHI 2018.06.15 283
440 [Vol. 21 No. 1] KOREA AND THE MING TRIBUTE SYSTEM IN KHATAYI’S BOOK OF CHINA KAVEH HEMMAT 2018.06.15 317
439 [Vol. 21 No. 1] KEYHOLE-SHAPED TOMBS IN THE YŎNGSAN RIVER BASIN: A REFLECTION OF PAEKCHE-YAMATO RELATIONS IN THE LATE FIFTH– EARLY SIXTH CENTURY DENNIS LEE 2018.06.15 315
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437 [Vol. 21 No. 1] MING LOYALIST FAMILIES AND THE CHANGING MEANINGS OF CHOJONG’AM IN EARLY NINETEENTH-CENTURY CHOSŎN HAN SEUNGHYUN 2018.06.15 365
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435 [Vol. 21 No. 1] AN INVESTIGATION INTO A NINETEENTH-CENTURY PRIMER FROM CHOSŎN SONG YUNWOO 2018.06.15 310
434 [Vol. 21 No. 1] CLAIMING COLONIAL MASCULINITY: SEX AND ROMANCE WITH JAPANESE WOMEN IN CH’AE MANSIK’S COLONIAL FICTION KIM SU YUN 2018.06.15 367
433 [Vol. 21 No. 1] SHIFTS IN CHARACTERIZATION IN LITERARY TRANSLATION: REPRESENTATION OF THE “I”-PROTAGONIST OF YI SANG’S WINGS LEE SANG BIN 2018.06.15 1526
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431 [Vol. 21 No. 1] LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION: THE STORY OF CHANGHWA AND HONGNYŎN Translated by FRANKLIN RAUSCH with GILLIEAN LEE and SUJIN LEE 2018.06.15 377
430 [Vol. 21 No. 1] BOOK REVIEWS ACTA KOREANA 2018.06.15 314