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The Koguryŏ Ch’ŏnha-gwan as Seen in Epigraphs

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Internally, the fifth century was a period when Koguryŏ solidified its systems as a centralized dominion while externally it pursued active relations on the East Asian international stage. Looking at the Ch'ŏnha-gwan of the Koguryŏ people at this time can be important for an understanding of the history of the period. To do so, this chapter concentrates on passages in fifth-century epigraphs. First, it looks at how the country was characterized in the eyes of its people at that time and then tries to see how relations between Koguryŏ and adjoining nations were regulated. From there the chapter aims for an understanding of the Koguryŏ people's sense of their nation's position in the world of East Asia. And, lastly, in line with this Ch'ŏnha-gwan, it deduces how the Koguryŏ people would have felt about relations among the peoples of the Three Kingdoms.

Keywords: Ch'onha-gwan; East Asian international stage; fifth-century epigraphs; Koguryŏ people



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