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The Oldest Extant History And The Perpetuation Of A Pluralist Past In Shared Memories And Histories

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The repository of myths, stories, legends and histories a people has access to is arguably the most important tool in the forging of a historical community or ethnie. The purpose of this chapter is to chart those convergences and divergences with regard to Koryŏ historiography. The undertaking of writing history in Koryŏ had various dimensions, but perhaps its most striking characteristic is its emulation of Chinese examples. The Histories of the Three Kingdoms is the oldest extant Korean history. It is usually viewed as little more than an ideological tool of its compiler, Kim Pushik. The attachment of Kim Yushins biography in three chapters is another effective means in the transmission of political lessons to be learned from the peninsulas history.

Keywords: extant Korean history; Histories of the Three Kingdoms; Kim Pushik; Kim Yushin; Koryŏ



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