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Agriculture and Korean Economic History: Concise Farming Talk (Nongsa chiksŏl)

Publisher: , 2019
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This book is an economic history of the Chosŏn dynasty (1392-1910). The Chosŏn dynasty is not only known for managing the northeastern regions of Asia for 500 years as the exemplars of Confucianism, their kingdom was also one of the greatest so-called “agricultural states under Heaven.” The Chosŏn dynasty has been briefly explored academically by Western scholars, but their findings have some limitations. The period of 1400-1600, in particular, has been too poorly reported on in the English language to gain the attention of the Western knowledge society. This book aims to fill the gaps in the existing research and will be of interest to economists, scholars of Korean history, agriculturists, and ecologists.

Seong Ho Jun is a Professor at the Academy of Korean Studies. He received a BA, MA and Ph.D. in Economics from SungKyunKwan University, South Korea. He conducted his postdoctoral research at The University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He has taught at Goethe University Frankfurt Germany and has published in 12 peer reviewed English journals indexed in A&HCI, SSCI SCOPUS in the field of accounting history, economic history, including The Journal of Economic HistoryResearch in Economic HistoryFinancial History ReviewEconomics and Human Biology, and has also co-authored Kaesŏng Double Entry Bookkeeping (KDEB) in a Global Perspective Volumes I and II (2016) with James B. Lewis and The Sagae Songdo Chibubeob for Practical Use and Self-Study Double Entry Accounting in the Medieval Far East (2018) with Byung T. Ro and Key-sook Jung.

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Part I General Introduction

  1. Old Wealth Horse to New Wealth Ox
  2. Choson’s Settled Population by King’s Reign (1392-1910)
  3. What Climatic Change During the First Global Age Tells Us
  4. Emerging Seed Science in CFT
  5. Drought: Enduring and Leguminous Plants Science
  6. The Organization of CFT
  7. Conclusion

Part II English Translation of Concise Farming Talk (Nongsa chiksŏl)

  1. Preface
  2. Preparing the Seeds
  3. Plowing the Soil
  4. Cultivating Hemp
  5. Cultivating Rice
  6. Cultivating Proso/Foxtail Millet
  7. Cultivating Barnyard Grass
  8. Cultivating Soybeans, Red Beans, and Mung Beans
  9. Cultivating Barley and Wheat
  10. Cultivating Sesame
  11. Cultivating Buckwheat
  12. Cultivating Cotton

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