Recently I wrote a pair of articles for a non-profit History website, Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE). Their mission is to provide quality, free resources for history students, teachers, and enthusiasts. They have a team of writers but also accept submitted work, provided it is factual, sourced, and up to their standards. Their historians peer-review everything to verify before posting.
Korean history is one of my favorite areas of history—there’s a lot of very interesting people and events, but they are sometimes overshadowed by neighboring China and Japan. I realized that there wasn’t much Korean history content on their site, so I figured I would start to write up a few articles about some major people/events in the 15th and 16th century (my favorite time period in Korea), and so far 2 have been published that I wanted to share here.
One is about the Early Joseon period in Korea, which lasted from about 1400 to 1550. The Joseon Dynasty reigned in Korea from about 1400 to about 1900, and this post focuses on the first third of that time, which saw a large amount of preogress but also some internal struggles.
The second is about King Sejong the Great, one of the kings in the Early Joseon period, and widely held as one of the greatest rulers in Korean history. He personally developed the Korean alphabet, ushered in huge amounts of social and governmental changes, and oversaw massive scientific progress. He’s a very interesting ruler to say the least.
I’ll hopefully have a few more posts on AHE in the future. One of the great aspects of studying Korean history is the availability of factual, objective first-hand accounts of the time period. There were a team of historians that documented everything the kings said and did and they documented events that occurred at the time. They were everywhere, and the kings couldn’t even look at what was written—and the entries were only finally compiled after the king had died. Primary sources like these are hard to come by but make learning about the period so much more accessible and richer.
I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoyed writing them!