The Development of the Chinju Peasants' rebellion of 1862

The Development of the Chinju Peasants' rebellion of 1862


  • 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: Peasants' rebellion
  • Language of fulltext: english
  • Full-text formats available: PDF


    Chan-sup Song



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140 years have passed since the peasantsʹ rebellions that broke out in numerous villages in the southern part of the country at the end of the Chosŏn Dynasty. Of late there has been a growth in interest on this subject, which has led to an increasing number of related studies. These days, these rebellions are correctly recognized as being the result of the people’s growing anti‐feudalism, rather than ‘events that resulted from a growing confusion among the public’. Moreover, although all of these rebellions broke out in the same year, 1862, this was not a chance occurrence. There has emerged a growing body of research on the formation, activities and characteristics of the Chinju Peasants’ Rebellion that serve to validate this point. The Chinju Peasants’ Rebellion of 1862 has been recognized as the central uprising that happened that year. In fact, the Chinju Peasants’ Rebellion broke out at the same time as the Dansŏng Rebellion and was the most severe with the greatest number of participants. For these reasons, the central government paid significant attention to this rebellion even going as far as dispatching government officials as high as the Anhaeksa (A government position responsible for the settling of disputes) and Sŏnmusa (a direct envoy from the king) to settle the outstanding issues. These central government officials left behind detailed descriptions of the events surrounding the Chinju Peasants’ Rebellion. As a result, most modern books and textbooks on the subject of the 1862 rebellions have focused for the most part on the happenings in Chinju.

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