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Voice from the NorthResurrecting Regional Identity Through the Life and Work of Yi Sihang (1672–1736)$
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Sun Joo Kim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783811

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783811.001.0001

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Practicing History

Practicing History

(p.143) Conclusion Practicing History
Voice from the North

Sun Joo Kim

Stanford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Tan'gun, Kija, Koguryŏ, historical consciousness, regional perspective, nationalism

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