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Sourcebook of Korean Civilization: Volume 1: From Early Times to the Sixteenth Century

Editor: Peter H Lee
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Publisher: , 1993.
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This book is the most comprehensive and authoritative English-language anthology of primary source material on Korean civilization ever assembled. It begins with the Korean creation myth, covering the rise of Korea’s Three Kingdoms, then the history of the Kory dynasty and its lasting influences on Korean culture, and, finally the Early Choson period, with important reforms in educational philosophy, the rise of medicine, a thriving economy, the changing role of women and the continuing presence of Buddhism.

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This is the full 750+ page version. The later abridgement (~480 pages) can be found here.

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