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Myoch'Ong’s Challenge: The Bid For The 'Impossible Good'

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The rebellion of Myochŏng is one of the most frequently discussed episodes of the Koryŏ period. Myochŏngs rebellion and its significance were catapulted into the forefront of Korean historiography by Shin Chaeho, whose dichotomous analysis of the rebellion, its motives, significance and most important characters set the tone for the debate until now. This chapter focuses on Myochŏng and the rebellion, accepting the following conclusions: that Myochong and the rebellion should be approached as separate issues; that the background of the rebellion must for a large part be located in tension between the capital and the Western Capital in the aftermath of Yi Chagyŏms failed coup and the demise of Liao; and that Chŏng Chisang cum suis used Myochŏng, rather than the other way around.

Keywords: Koryŏ; Myochŏng; Shin Chaeho; Yi Chagyŏm



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