A Korean War Captive in Japan, 1597�1600

A Korean War Captive in Japan, 1597�1600

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Kang Hang was a Korean scholar-official taken prisoner in 1597 by an invading Japanese army during the Imjin War of 1592-1598. While in captivity in Japan, Kang recorded his thoughts on human civilization, war, and the enemy's culture and society, acting in effect as a spy for his king. A neo-Confucianist with a deep knowledge of Chinese philosophy and history, Kang drew a distinct line between the Confucian values of his world, which distinguished self, family, king, and country, and a foreign culture that practiced invasion and capture and, in his view, was largely incapable of civilization. Presenting the rare voice of a Korean speaking plainly on war and captivity, this volume enables a deeper appreciation of the phenomenon of war at home and abroad.Even though the mountains and flatlands in that area are good, the castles are not at all the same [as castles elsewhere ... Because vegetables and barley are sewn atop sand and stones in shallow soil, even when they do grow they reach noanbsp;...

Title:A Korean War Captive in Japan, 1597�1600
Author:Hang Kang, JaHyun Kim Haboush, Kenneth R. Robinson
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2013-08-13


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