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Brief Encounters: Early Reports of Korea by Westerners

Brief Encounters: Early Reports of Korea by Westerners
  • Author : Brother Anthony of Taizé (An Sonjae) & Robert D. Neff
  • Publisher : Seoul Selection
  • Pub. Date : October 2016
  • Cover : Softcover
  • Dimensions (in inches) : 8.26 x 5.90 x 0.78
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN : 978-1-62412-078-7


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  • Pictorial Records of Korea from the 16th to 19th Century

    Editors’ Preface

    [Part 1] Europe’s Knowledge of Korea: The First Steps

    The Portuguese Early Dutch Reports: Dirck Gerritsz and Jan Huyghen

    The Dutch Reach Japan

    Matteo Ricci

    Alvaro Semedo

    Martino Martini

    Arnoldus Montanus

    Hendrick Hamel

    The Impact of Hamel’s account

    Nicolaas Witsen

    Jean Baptiste du Halde and Jean-Baptiste Régis


    [Part 2] From the late 18th century into the 19th Century

    Lapérouse Sails Past Jeju Island in 1787

    William Robert Broughton in Busan and Jeju Island in 1797

    First News of the Catholic Church in Korea The Silk Letter of 1801

    Basil Hall and others Visit the Korean West Coast in 1816

    Korea Seen from Japan in 1828: von Siebold

    Hugh Hamilton Lindsay Sails into Korean Waters in 1832

    Sir Edward Belcher Explores Jeju Island and the South-West Coast in 1845

    Arthur Adams Admires the Ecology of Jeju Island in 1845

    The French Begin to Look Toward Korea: Cecille’s 1846 visit

    Lapierre’s 1847 Double Shipwreck

    An Expedition to Korea to Rescue the Crew of The Narwal in April 1851

    Fr. Maistre Reaches Korea in 1852

    A Visit to Korea by the H.M.S. Barracouta, August 1855


    [Part 3] The Opening of Korea

    Keeping Russia out of Korea

    Theophile Aude Visits Korea on Guerin’s Expedition in 1858

    Ernst Jakob Oppert Sails Up the Han River in 1866

    The French Expedition of 1866

    Father Dallet’s Histoire de l’Église de Corée (1874) Relates the 1866 Expedition

    Knowing About Korea Without Ever Going There: Alexander Williamson in 1870

    A Japanese Visitor’s Secret Trip into the Interior of Korea in 1875

    Miyamoto Okadzu’s Visit to Korea in February 1876

    Fr. Gustave Mutel Enters Korea in 1880

    George Clayton Foulk’s First Visit in June 1882

    A Stroll in Korea by Unknown Men in August 1882 J

    ohn Carey Hall’s Visit to Seoul in 1882

    G. James Morrison’s Visit to Corea in July 1883

    A Naval Officer Travels from Seoul to Songdo in June 1884

  • Press Release
  • This anthology is a compilation of Westerners’ accounts of their visits to Korea, originally published in books or newspapers before the country opened its doors in the late nineteenth century.

    The opening of Korea made it possible to explore the country in detail and write detailed accounts.

    Prior impressions were garnered mostly from brief visits to remote islands along the coast.

    The accounts published here are mainly anecdotal, and contain many generalizations.

    However, the accumulated impressions of these early encounters surely influenced the perspectives of later travelers, and help explain the overwhelmingly negative image of Korea that Western governments harbored at the time.

    The book can serve as a useful resource for studying Korea’s early interactions with the outside world, and will give readers an idea of the criteria by which Westerners judged the foreign “other.”

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