The rule of King Yongjo faced an early crisis in the Musin Rebellion when supporters of the Soron and Namin political factions planned to overthrow Yongjo and install themselves in power. Previous scholarship has linked the rebellion to the systemic breakdown that led to the widespread unrest of the late nineteenth century. This book argues the rebellion was a failed attempt by political players to take control of court. Central to the eruption of violence in 1728 was the intervention of key rebel plotters such as Yi Sasong and Nam T’aejing who were also serving officials with access to state military resources. This study uses Charles Tilly and Diana Russell’s theories about political conflict and the centrality of military force in rebellion to analyze rebel interrogations and unofficial accounts of the rebellion.
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