- 246 pages
- King Chŏngjo, an Enlightened Despot in Early Modern Korea
- Christopher Lovins
- 16 February 2019 Christopher Lovins
[KINDLE] ❧ King Chŏngjo, an Enlightened Despot in Early Modern Korea ❤ Christopher Lovins – Johndore.co.uk Were the countries of Europe the only ones that were early modern Was Asia s early modernity cut short by colonialism Scholars examining early modern Eurasia have not yet fully explored the relationsh Were the countries of Europe the only ones an Enlightened PDF/EPUB ì that were early modern Was Asia s early modernity cut short by colonialism Scholars examining early modern Eurasia have not yet fully explored the relationships between absolute rule and political modernization in the highly contested early modern world Using a comparative perspective that places Ch ngjo, king of Korea fromto , in context with other Korean kings and with contemporary Chinese and European rulers, Christopher Lovins examines the shifting balance of power in Korea in favor of the crown at the expense of the aristocracy during the early modern King Chŏngjo, PDF \ period This book is the first to analyze in English the recently discovered collection ofprivate letters written by Ch ngjo himself These letters were a vital channel of communication outside of official court historians scrutiny, since private meetings between the king and his ministers were forbidden by custom Royal politics played out in an arena of subtle communication, with court officials trying to read the king s unstated, elliptically hinted at intentions and the king trying to suggest what he wanted done while maintaining plausible deniability Through close analysis of both official records and private letters, including Ch ngjo s secret letters, Lovins shows that, in contrast to previous assumptions, the late eighteenth century Korean monarchs were not weak and ineffective but instead were in the process of building an absolutist polity.