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Fifth to Sixth Century East Asia and Koguryŏ’s External Relations

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This chapter discusses what factors were behind the maintenance of Koguryŏ's nearly two centuries of peaceful relations with the adjoining mainland states. The answer must be sought in the international situation of the time along with Koguryŏ policies in response to it. The chapter examines relations with Northern Wei, with which Koguryŏ had a common border as well as the frequent interaction, involving tense confrontations. It looks at the relationship by period with an eye on the characteristics of the contemporaneous East Asian political situations which served as the background for the conduct of relations between the two nations. The chapter directs into political changes that took place after the mid-sixth century which set the stage for the next phase of international relations. The manifestation of a nation's long-term external relations is organically connected with its internal circumstances, as well as the panoply of its domestic social conditions.

Keywords: East Asian political situations; international relations; Koguryŏ policies



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