This chapter recaps Yi Sihang as an advocate in addressing regional issues and promoting the social and political standing of his fellows from P'yŏngan Province, and as an astute historian who engaged in inventing and enshrining regional culture and tradition, as evidenced in his compilation of documents related to Kim Kyŏngsŏ and many other writings. The world that we “discover” through Sihang's view—which is thus a regional one—enriches the one popularly imagined in Korean historiography, a historiography that has to date largely ruled out marginal people and regions because of its mandated focus on narratives on nation and historical development from ancient times to the present. This book seeks to bring back rather unknown personalities to historical study in order to illuminate unexplored charts of Korea's past. More specifically, it talks about the stories of people in the P'yŏngan region and highlights their regional identity and culture.
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