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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book, which deals with Koguryŏ history. The first part of the book examines the propositions of disbelief and the problems of credibility in the Koguryŏ texts. The second part investigates the early Koguryŏ political and social establishment. The third part examines the dissolution of the Bu system and its replacement by a central authoritarian dominion. The fourth part analyses the abrupt changes which occurred both within and without after the middle of the sixth century. Externally, the appearance of the Northern Qi Dynasty in China and the rise of the Tujüe in Mongolia caused sudden shifts in the international situation on the mainland which favoured the development of Shilla on the Korean Peninsula while within Koguryŏ there was strife among the aristocracy. The book examines whether the regime after the middle of the sixth century can be described as an aristocratic coalition.

Keywords: aristocratic coalition; Bu system; Koguryŏ history; Korean Peninsula; Northern Qi Dynasty



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