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A Genealogy of DissentThe Progeny of Fallen Royals in Chosŏn Korea$
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Eugene Y. Park

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503602083

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503602083.001.0001

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Death and Resurrection, 1392–1450

Death and Resurrection, 1392–1450

(p.9) Chapter 1 Death and Resurrection, 1392–1450
A Genealogy of Dissent

Eugene Y. Park

Stanford University Press

Chapter 1 examines the early-Chosŏn period, when the new dynasty virtually exterminated the former royals, only to rehabilitate them. Rather than just recounting the oft-told story of the May 1394 massacre and the violent persecution thereafter until 1413, this chapter seeks to elucidate the Chosŏn state’s understanding of the royal Wangs as a target of persecution, the number of victims, the veracity of the claim that some surviving Wangs changed their surnames, and the rationale for officially rehabilitating the Wangs. For comparative perspective, the chapter also considers China’s Yuan-Ming, Japan’s Kamakura-Muromachi, and western Eurasia’s Byzantine-Ottoman transitions.

Keywords:   Chosŏn, Koryŏ, regime change, Kaesŏng Wang, T’aejo, T’aejong, Sejong, ancestral rite, ritual heir, oral history

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