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A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak T?khwa and the Birth of Modern Korea

Eugene Y. Park

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804788762
eISBN:
9780804790864
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804788762.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

Narrating the history of a hitherto unknown family of chungin (“middle people”) status in early modern Korea, this book engages some key debates on the rise of modern Korea. Between 1590 and 1880, ... More


Prologue

Eugene Y. Park

in A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak T?khwa and the Birth of Modern Korea

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804788762
eISBN:
9780804790864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804788762.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

As an introduction to the book, this chapter explains what motivated the author to investigate and narrate the story of his patrilineal ancestors, the Paks, who descended from a certain Pak Tŏkhwa ... More


From the Mists of Time

Eugene Y. Park

in A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak T?khwa and the Birth of Modern Korea

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804788762
eISBN:
9780804790864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804788762.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter maintains a dialogue between the early story of the Paks and a social history of medieval and early modern Korea. The current Korean custom of identifying one's patrilineal origin with ... More


As a Middle People: Military Officers, Jurists, and Calligraphers

Eugene Y. Park

in A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak T?khwa and the Birth of Modern Korea

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804788762
eISBN:
9780804790864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804788762.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

By the early nineteenth century, the wealthy Paks were unequivocally of specialist capital chungin status, except for those descended from illegitimate sons. Chapter 3 explores the meanings of their ... More


Fortunes that Rose and Fell with Imperial Korea: The Tanyang U In-Laws

Eugene Y. Park

in A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak T?khwa and the Birth of Modern Korea

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804788762
eISBN:
9780804790864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804788762.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

In chapter 5, the Pak-centered narrative shifts its focus to their in-laws, the military chungin Tanyang U family, whose experience both mirrors and outshines that of the Paks. When Korea began ... More


Epilogue

Eugene Y. Park

in A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak T?khwa and the Birth of Modern Korea

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804788762
eISBN:
9780804790864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804788762.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

As a conclusion, this chapter reflects on Korea's post-1945 social developments and their significance vis-à-vis historical research. First, it examines the varying attitudes of the descendants of ... More


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