The Influence of Confucian Political and Social Ideals in Koryo and Choson

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Essay #: 072446
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The beginning:
The Influence of Confucian Political and Social Ideals in Koryo and Choson
The following paper looks at the influence of Confucian political and social ideals in
Koryo
and
Choson
. Right away, it becomes clear – simply looking at the China of the tenth century – that Confucian thought accepted and even embraced social hierarchy; clearly, the aristocratic elites of the age wanted
Koryo
(and
Choson
, too) to embrace a way of doing things that would consolidate the power of the ruling families into perpetuity and Confucianism’s emphasis upon fidelity to one’s socially-mandated obligations offered a nice intellectual justification for producing a pyramidal society that, in some ways, was almost a caste system for most Koreans. Nonetheless,...
The end:
.....even if their functions were menial and even if they were mistreated. The simple reality is that Confucianism made these two societies into what they were and what they were was the following: societies with rigid centralized control over education; societies with a firm commitment to families looking after one another; and societies that saw service to the system (to one’s superiors) as the greatest social good.
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Sources of Korean Tradition: from early times through the sixteenth century. New York: Columbia University Press (no date provided).