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Catholics and Anti-Catholicism in Choson Korea
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Catholics and Anti-Catholicism in Choson Korea

Don Baker and Franklin Rausch


A study of Korea’s first significant encounter with Western civilization, this work analyzes how Koreans reacted to Catholicism imported from China at the end of the 18th century. It explores the reason most Koreans, especially Confucian scholars and government officials, reacted negatively to Catholic ideas and practices, going so far as to launch an official persecution of Catholics that cost thousands of lives. To render visible the philosophical background to the anti-Catholic movement, this work includes a complete translation of an anti-Catholic essay written before the persecution began ... More

Keywords: Confucianism, Christianity, persecution, nationalism, martyrs, apostasy, warships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824866266
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824866266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Don Baker, author
University of British Columbia

Franklin Rausch, author
Lander University