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Min Yonghwan: The Selected Writings of a Late Choson Diplomat (Korea Research Monograph Series, No. 32)

Michael Finch

Published by Chinese Popular Culture Project, 2008
ISBN 10: 1557290911 / ISBN 13: 9781557290915
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Title: Min Yonghwan: The Selected Writings of a ...

Publisher: Chinese Popular Culture Project

Publication Date: 2008

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Synopsis: Min Yonghwan is well known in Korea for his suicide in protest against the Japanese-Korean Treaty of Protection of 1905. The facts of his life, and in particular his contribution to Korea's early efforts to foster diplomatic relations with the West through his mission to Russia in 1896 and to the United Kingdom in 1897 and his subsequent support for the reform platform of the Independence Club, however, are relatively less well known. As 30 November 2005 was the hundredth anniversary of Min Yonghwan's death, it is hoped that this collection of translations of his major works - namely, his major policy essay of c. 1894, "Ch'onilch'aek (One policy out of a thousand)," the diary of his mission to Russia in 1896, "Haech'onch'ubom (Sea, sky, autumn voyage)," the diary of his mission to the United Kingdom in 1897, "Sagusokch'o (Additional notes of an envoy to Europe)," as well as a contemporary account of his protest against the 1905 Japan-Korea treaty of protection, "Min Ch'ungjonggong sillok (Veritable account of Min Yonghwan)" - will serve as a small commemoration of the efforts he made to ensure the continuing independence of Korea in the face of imperialist rivalry for control of the Korean Peninsula at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century.

About the Author: Michael Finch is an associate professor in the Department of Korean studies at Keimyung University in Taegu and a former visiting professor at Humboldt University of Berlin. He is the author of Min Yonghwan: A Political Biography and the translator of various works relating to Korean history and literature. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and received his doctoral degree in Korean history from the University of Oxford.

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