Recent Research Trends on the History of Kaya in Korea

Recent Research Trends on the History of Kaya in Korea


  • Journal title: International Journal of Korean History
  • ISSN: 1598-2041 (print) 2508-5921 (online)
  • Publisher: Korea University, Center for Korean History
  • Country of publisher: korea, republic of
  • Date added to EuroPub: 2018/May/12

Subject and more

  • LCC Subject Category: History
  • Publisher's keywords: Recent Research, Trends, the History, Kaya in Korea
  • Language of fulltext: english
  • Full-text formats available: PDF


    Young-sik Lee



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Now the history of Kaya is not an 'Enigmatic History' any longer and it is recognized as one independent research field in the research of ancient Korean history. This paper will introduce, in five categories, the research trends actually debated among historians on Korean ancient history. Five categories are ① Early Kaya Theory vs. Pre-Kaya Theory. ② Theory of the Kaya League and its Criticism. ③ Problems with Early Kaya: ⓐ Society of Nine Leaders and the Foundation of Karak Chiefdom. ⓑ Maritime Kingdom and Iron Kingdom. ④ Problems with Late Kaya: Research on the history of Late Kaya, which developed with its center around Koryong area, is concentrated on the reconstitution of the history of Great Kayathrough ⓐ new interpretation of the twelve titles of Kayakum songs ⓑ interpretation of the diplomatic relationship between king Haji of Kara and NanQi ⓒ archeological interpretation of extension of pottery and cultural products of the Great Kaya style. ⑤ Relationship between Ancient Kaya and Yarnato: ⓐ The reality of MimanaNihonFu. ⓑ Kaya People's move to Japanese Archipelago.

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