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Collective Names And Designations

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An obvious starting point for an inquiry into communal identity is a study of the collective names a community bears. Naming is an essential part of identity; it not only determines who belongs, but it also establishes who does not. The examination of collective names and designations is thus an evident starting point for identity analyses. It should be kept in mind, however, that names and designations canand oft en dochange considerably over sufficiently long periods of time. A case in point is the designation Samhan, a collective designation for the Korean peninsula and its inhabitants. This chapter investigates of the collective names and designations with regard to Koryŏ with the above example of Samhan and then move on to other alternative, competing or complementary designations.

Keywords: collective names; designations; Samhan



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