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Koryo Diplomacy

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This chapter considers the concrete workings of pluralist ideology in Koryŏ and in particular the question how the historical background was expressed in policy and action by Koryŏs scholar-officials. It deals with Koryŏ's construction of the other-and of the self-as expressed in its diplomatic actions. It analyses Koryŏ diplomacy and places special emphasis on its pluralist nature as well as the coping mechanisms Koryŏ developed to deal with its powerful neighbours. The transition from Liao to Jin offers a good perspective on how Koryŏ conducted its foreign policy and how flexible it was when the circumstances demanded it. It also demonstrates how the northern dynasty at Koryŏs northern frontier functioned in practice and how traumatic dynastic change in the north could be.

Keywords: Jin; Koryŏ diplomacy; Liao; pluralist ideology



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