Specialization and status : late Chosŏn period magistrates on the Northern border, 1623–1894
Specialization and status : late Chosŏn period magistrates on the Northern border, 1623–1894 / Alexander Martin
p. 169-195 ; 23 cm
수록자료: Seoul journal of Korean studies. Institute of Korean Studies, Seoul National University. Vol.31 no.2(2018 December), p. 169-195 31:2<169 ISSN 1225-0201↔ 저자: Alexander Martin, PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania
In late Chosŏn period rhetoric, the border was an area of pernicious wickedness. The perception of threat at and from the border meant that those men appointed to the border should possess uncommon virtue and ability. However, the reality in Chosŏn Korea was that service at most border counties was unappealing and unrewarding. Faced with the difficulties of appointing the right kind of magistrate in all counties Chosŏn officials prioritized only a few counties: Kanggye, Hoeryŏng, and Ch’angsŏng. Using registers of officials (sŏnsaengan) in gazetteers and the appointment records of the Sŭngjŏngwŏn ilgi paints a fuller portrait of the process and people who staffed border posts along Chosŏn’s northern border with China throughout the late Chosŏn period. It makes clear that the key counties at the northern border were at the nexus of border security and status within the bureaucracy.