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Appendix 2: Interaction between Koguryŏ, Palhae and Inner Asia

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The primary background for the development of an interchange among Koreans and the peoples of Inner Asia at an early stage, as opposed to subsequent periods, was what was then their close proximity. The vast grasslands of Inner Asia extend eastward as far as the Liaosong Plains of the central part of Manchuria, generally delineating a region of farming and forestry straddling the basins of the Dongliao. Naturally, from an early time, there was contact among the nomadic groups and the agrarian Yemaek tribe of this region which also intermixed, hence the ongoing debate on the ethnic identity of some of the tomb clusters discovered in this region. There are cursory comments by Inner Asians and third-country peoples with whom they had relations as well as extant materials in which Palhae is mentioned. With these various sources, this chapter examines the interaction between Proto-Korean and Inner Asian peoples.

Keywords: Koreans; Liaosong Plains; nomadic groups; Palhae



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