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Seeking Order in a Tumultuous AgeThe Writings of Chong Tojon, a Korean Neo-Confucian$
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Chong Tojon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824859442

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824859442.001.0001

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Translator’s Introduction

Translator’s Introduction

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Seeking Order in a Tumultuous Age

David M. Robinson

University of Hawai'i Press

The introduction sets out the historical background to Chŏng Tojŏn and his writings. It situates Chŏng in the dramatic changes of East Asia during the fourteenth century, as dynastic changes occurred in both Korea and China in the wake of the Mongol empire’s collapse. Chŏng went from being an ambitious outsider with little power to one of Korea’s influential men, becoming an important political advisor to the founder of the new Chosŏn dynasty. The introduction concludes with brief discussion of Chŏng’s understanding of history, writing, and their relevance to contemporary society and politics.

Keywords:   Chŏng Tojŏn, Neo-Confucianism, Koryŏ dynasty, Chosŏn dynasty, Yuan dynasty, Mongol empire, Ming dynasty, dynastic change

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