Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea: Economy and Society (Hardcover)

Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea: Economy and Society By The Organization of Korean Historians, Michael D. Shin (Editor), Michael D. Shin (Translator) Cover Image

Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea: Economy and Society (Hardcover)


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Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea shows how the momentous changes of the time transformed the lives of the common people. In twenty-three concise chapters, the book covers topics ranging from agriculture, commerce, and mining to education, marriage, and food culture. It examines how both the spread of Neo-Confucianism in the early Joseon period and its decline from the seventeenth century impacted economic and social life.

The book also demonstrates that much of what is thought of as ancient Korean tradition actually developed in the Joseon period. Chapters in this book discuss how customs such as ancestor worship, the use of genealogies, and foods such as kimchi all originated or became widespread in this era.

Contributors: Kim Kuentae, Yeom Jeong Sup, Kim Sung Woo, Lee Hun-Chang, Lee Uk, Yoo Pil Jo, Kim Kyung-ran, Kim Eui-Hwan, Oh Soo-chang, Ko Dong-Hwan, Kwon Nae-Hyun, Lee Hae Jun, Jung Jin Young, Kwon Ki-jung, Han Sang Kwon, Kwon Soon-Hyung, Jang Dong-Pyo, Seo-Tae-Won, Sim Jae-woo, Chung Yeon-sik, O Jong-rok, Hong Soon Min. This volume was co-translated by Edward Park and Michael D. Shin.

Michael D. Shin, Ph.D. (2002), University of Chicago, is Lecturer in Korean Studies at the University of Cambridge. He has published research on early modern Korean history and is the co-editor of Landlords, Peasants, and Intellectuals in Modern Korea (Cornell East Asia Series, 2005).
Product Details ISBN: 9789004261129
ISBN-10: 9004261125
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: January 9th, 2014
Pages: 314
Language: English