A Center for Korean Research Publication Announcement
CKR is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of Sixiang Wang’s book Boundless Winds of Empire: Rhetoric and Ritual in Early Chosŏn Diplomacy with Ming China, published by Columbia University Press. This is the fifth book in the Center for Korean Research book series. For more information on the series, please visit: http://ckr.weai.columbia.edu/ckr-cup-book-series/
Boundless Winds of Empire: Rhetoric and Ritual in Early Chosŏn Diplomacy with Ming China
Columbia University Press
Date of Publication: July 2023
For more than two hundred years after its establishment in 1392, the Chosŏn dynasty of Korea enjoyed generally peaceful and stable relations with neighboring Ming China, which dwarfed it in size, population, and power. This remarkably long period of sustained peace was not an inevitable consequence of Chinese cultural and political ascendancy. In this book, Sixiang Wang demonstrates how Chosŏn political actors strategically deployed cultural practices, values, and narratives to carve out a place for Korea within the Ming imperial order.
Boundless Winds of Empire is a cultural history of diplomacy that traces Chosŏn’s rhetorical and ritual engagement with China. Chosŏn drew on classical Chinese paradigms of statecraft, political legitimacy, and cultural achievement. It also paid regular tribute to the Ming court, where its envoys composed paeans to Ming imperial glory. Wang argues these acts were not straightforward affirmations of Ming domination; instead, they concealed a subtle and sophisticated strategy of diplomatic and cultural negotiation. He shows how Korea’s rulers and diplomats inserted Chosŏn into the Ming Empire’s legitimating strategies and established Korea as a stakeholder in a shared imperial tradition. Boundless Winds of Empire recasts a critical period of Sino-Korean relations through the Korean perspective, emphasizing Korean agency in the making of East Asian international relations.
The CKR/CUP Book Series is supported by the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2016-OLU-2250006).