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Unformatted text preview: KO-CHOSÔNa)identify and explain: -the first “state” of korea but note that modern understandings of “state-hood” didn’t apply that is ko-choson wasn’t homogenous in that the boundaries sort of gets lost. It was more of as if it was a group of people who ate together and protected the “walls” of the central cityb) significance:-ko-choson is what Korean history, although not entirely valid (national versus regional/global perspectives), is built on-as far as location and territory goes, it helps nationalists to think of ancient korea as a much larger territory since old choson is thought to have occupied present-day korea, china, Manchuria, and Russia.-no written sources so the exact time period is a bit hazy since Tan’Gun seems to just poof out of nowhere in 2333 b.c.e “magic date”oKoreans tend to extend themselves further back in time as far as history goes because they often think it’s better to be as old of a civilization as possible (“5000 years of history”)c)relation to other key terms:ololoang/nangnangonational versus regional/global perspectivesotan’gunLOLANG/NANGNANG AND T HE ISSUES I T RAISESa)identify and explain: -one of the chinese commanderies; the most important one-the chinese took the capital that was located near pyeongnang as most think and replaced it with nangnag-towards the end of ko-choson around 108 b.c.e. connected to the downfall/end of ko-choson-the han army conquers the ko choson capitalb)significance-it’s the epicenter of controversy: the north Koreans say that the capital wasn’t near pyeongnang. They say it was in current-day china since if it were in pyeongnang, it would have meant that the chinese took over part of korea. In other words, it would have meant that pyeongnang would have had to betray korea to team up with china in some ways. They argue instead that the Koreans fled from the chinese-based capital to present-day korea.c)relation to other key terms:onational versus regional/global perspectives TAN’GUNb)identify and explain: -the wildly acceted founding story of koread)significance-ddlde)relation to other key terms:f)reading the tan’gun story: literalist, sociological, mythological, the “stranger king” g)some peope take it literally, you can either be like a god or be like an animal, idea that certain ethnic groups have totems animals or other things that they find sacred soooooo “perhaps in the past in this era, maybe there was a sky clan, a bear clan, and a t iger clan and maybe the t iger clan got run out by the bear and sky clans (sociological), mediat ion of sky and the ground ending up on earth (mythological), when tan’gun came, he came like a civilizat ion giver to the people who were already there. also, the king must come from the outside otherwise “why is he more important than everyone else?”(stranger king)K IJAc)identify and explain: -blahhhhh)significance-came from china-stranger king-tangun was found by heavan whereas one was found bychina...
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2010 for the course ANS 301M taught by Professor Kurtz during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas.
- Fall '08