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Constructing "Korean" origins : a critical review of archaeology, historiography, and racial myth in Korean state-formation theories

Author: Hyung Il Pai
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center, 2000.
Series: Harvard East Asian monographs, 187.; Harvard-Hallym series on Korean studies.
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"Hyung Il Pai examines how archaeological finds from throughout Northeast Asia have been used in Korea to construct a myth of state formation emphasizing the ancient development of a pure Korean race that created a prehistoric civilization rivaling those of China and Japan. Pai traces the many facets of the development of this myth from the theories of Japanese archaeologists working for the colonial regime in Korea  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hyung Il Pai
ISBN: 067400244X 9780674002449
OCLC Number: 42772182
Description: xxv, 543 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Formation of Korean Identity --
2. The Colonial Origins of Prehistoric Korea --
3. The Mythical Origins of Ancient Korea --
4. Korean State-Formation Theories: A Critical Review --
5. Lelang: A Case Study in Cultural Contract and Cultural Change --
6. The Leland Interaction Sphere in Korean Prehistory --
7. Nationalism and Rewriting the Wrongs of the Past --
App. A. Han Period Burials --
App. B. Cultural Identification of Han Period Burials --
App. C. Lelang Sites Inside (Chapter 5) and Outside the Core Area (Map 3) --
App. D. Probable Locations of Han Counties (Map 2) --
App. E. Han Versus Native Cultural Index --
App. F. Model of Acculturation --
App. G. T'osong-ni Artifacts --
App. H. Chronology of Korean History --
App. I. Prehistoric and Kobun Sites on Maps 2 and 3 --
App. J. Major Excavations on the Korean Peninsula.
Series Title: Harvard East Asian monographs, 187.; Harvard-Hallym series on Korean studies.
Responsibility: Hyung Il Pai.

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"Hyung Il Pai examines how archaeological finds from throughout Northeast Asia have been used in Korea to construct a myth of state formation emphasizing the ancient development of a pure Korean race that created a prehistoric civilization rivaling those of China and Japan. Pai traces the many facets of the development of this myth from the theories of Japanese archaeologists working for the colonial regime in Korea through the reaction to these theories of nationalist historians in postwar South Korea. Her deconstruction of the uses and abuses of archaeology reveal how archaeological data have been utilized to legitimate Korean nationalism and a particular form of "pan-Tongi" ethnic identity. Her re-analysis of the archaeological data, however, shows that state formation occurred much later in the peninsula through a process of sustained culture contact and culture change stimulated by the material culture of Han China."--BOOK JACKET.

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