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Salvation through Dissent: Tonghak Heterodoxy and Early Modern Korea

George L. Kallander


A popular teaching that combined elements of Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, folk beliefs, and Catholicism, Tonghak (Eastern Learning) is best known for its involvement in a rebellion that touched off the Sino-Japanese War (1894–1895) and accelerated Japanese involvement in Korea. The book traces Tonghak's rise amidst the debates over orthodoxy and heterodoxy in Chosŏn Korea (1392–1910) and its impact on religious and political identity from 1860 to 1906. It argues that the teachings of founder Ch'oe Cheu (1824–1864) attracted a large following among rural Koreans by offering them spiritual an ... More

Keywords: Tonghak, Eastern Learning, Sino-Japanese War, Chosŏn Korea, Ch'oe Cheu, military intervention, China, Japanese power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824837167
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824837167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George L. Kallander, author
Syracuse University