Cover: The Annals of King T'aejo: Founder of Korea’s Chosŏn Dynasty, from Harvard University PressCover: The Annals of King T'aejo in HARDCOVER

The Annals of King T'aejo

Founder of Korea’s Chosŏn Dynasty

Translated with commentary by Choi Byonghyon

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$65.50 • £52.95 • €59.00

ISBN 9780674281301

Publication Date: 06/23/2014


1056 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 map


Another masterpiece from Choi Byonghyon. Integrating a remarkably wide range of expertise in classical Chinese, Korean history, Confucianism, geography, and East Asian political structures, Choi offers an accessible translation for modern readers and a model for the rest of the vast ‘veritable records’ of the Chosŏn Dynasty. This book brings to life King T’aejo’s Sinicizing and yet profoundly Korean late fourteenth-century world. Readers can follow T’aejo and his court through the hopes and challenges of the dynasty’s founding era, including national reconstruction, state formation and legitimacy, ideological transformation, and the nature of leadership. The Annals of King T’aejo is a treasure trove for anyone interested in Korean and East Asian history.—Byung-Kook Kim, Korea University

A welcome addition to an expanding list of Korean primary sources in English. Scholars, students, and general readers alike will find The Annals of King T’aejo a must to understand the transition from Koryŏ to Chosŏn Korea.—Edward J. Shultz, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

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