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

Eugene Y. Park


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, the chungin, who were neither aristocrat nor commoner, invested their increasing cultural and economic capital to liberate themselves from the yangban aristocracy's monopoly on political power. From about 1880 to 1904, inspired by Western ideas and institutions, the chungin achieved increasing prominence in politics, business, and cultural circles. At a time when Korea came under the pressures of imp ... More

Keywords: aristocracy, chungin, genealogy, modernity, imperialism, colonialism, collaboration, memory, historical agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804788762
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804788762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eugene Y. Park, author