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A Historic Territory In Koryo

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The notion of a historic home territory is of immediate importance to the process of identity formation, the establishment of a community and the formation of transregional identifications. The Koryŏ dynasty was founded by reuniting the three states that had come into being after the disintegration of the Shilla state. The Wang lineage was not a foreign clan, nor was the unification of the peninsula achieved by relying on a great number of foreign troops. This chapter deals with the issue of political identification and successionism below; suffice it to say here that except for the dynastic myth of the Wang lineage, identification with previous inhabit- ants of the peninsula was thought to be complete. In order to explore the notion of a historic home territory, we should look further back than Koryŏ, deep into Shilla history.

Keywords: historic territory; Koryŏ dynasty; Shilla history



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