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A Genealogy of Dissent: The Progeny of Fallen Royals in Chosŏn Korea

Eugene Y. Park


This book seeks a better understanding of the politics, society, and culture of early-modern Korea by tracing and narrating the history of the descendants of the Koryŏ dynasty (918–1392). Decades after persecution that virtually exterminated the former royals, the Kaesŏng Wang, the Chosŏn dynasty (1392–1910) sought to bolster its legitimacy as the successor of Koryŏ. Emulating Chinese historical precedents, by the mid-fifteenth century, Chosŏn had rehabilitated the surviving Wangs. Contrary to the popular assumption that the Wangs remained politically marginalized, many fared well. The most pr ... More

Keywords: Chosŏn, Koryŏ, regime change, legitimacy, lineage, descent, social status, ancestral rite, Confucianism, examination system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781503602083
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503602083.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eugene Y. Park, author
University of Pennsylvania