Topics In Korean History Podcast show

Topics In Korean History Podcast

Summary: The Topics In Korean History Podcast is a tour through the rich, dramatic and often tragic history of the Korean Peninsula. No prior knowledge of Asian history is required, but a desire to learn more about the subject is a must!

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 VII VIII – Joseon – “like snakes in a fire” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:54

On today’s show, King Jungjong’s heir dies quickly and a powerful family struggles amongst themselves to influence the throne. Music: 황병기 Hwang Byung-gi “Forest Shade” 김수철 Kim Soo-chul ”Unmet Time” Episode VII Part VIII Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Jungjong of Joseon Minister Jo Gwangjo Early Neo-Confucian scholar An Yu Doctor Great Jang Geum […]

 VII VII – Joseon – “single hearted devotion” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:59

On today’s show, we look at Jungjong’s 40 years on the throne of Joseon amidst the backdrop of continued conflict between the Hungu faction Merit Subjects and the scholars of the Sarim faction. Music: 김수철 Kim Soo-chul “Millenium Crane” Episode VII Part VII Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Three Merit Subjects Seong Heean, Park […]

 VII VI – Joseon – “A mouth is a door…” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:20

On today’s show, King Seongjong enforces his style of Confucian purity on Joseon society, but his successor has other ideas. Episode VII Part VI Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Seongjong of Joseon Queen Regent Jeonghee Yeonsan of Joseon Seong Heean Park Wonjong Yu Sunjeong Jungjong of Joseon

 VII V – Joseon – “the sound of drum calls for my life” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:54

On today’s show, more blood is shed in pursuit of the throne as members of the Yi clan fight for control of the Joseon Dynasty. Episode VII Part V Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Munjong of Joseon Danjong of Joseon Prime Minister Hwangbo In Deputy Minister Kim Jong-su Sejo of Joseon Martyred Minister […]

 VII IV – Joseon – “28 letters newly made” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:43

In Episode VII Part IV,  Sejong takes the fight north against the Jurchen tribes while presiding over an incredible era of science and culture and securing his legacy as Great King. Episode VII Part IV Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance  Great King Sejong of Joseon Scientist Jang Yeong-sil Deputy Governor of Pyeongan Province Choi […]

 VII III – Joseon – “a firm stance today.” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:16

In Episode VII Part III the father son duo of Taejong and Sejong try and find a lasting solution to the problem of the Japanese pirates. Episode VII Part III Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Taejong of Joseon Great King Sejong of Joseon General Yi Jong-mu Ambassador Song Hee-gyeong

 VII II – Joseon – “a peculiar custom of the East” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:26

Episode VII Part II looks at the transformative 18 year reign of King Taejong, a man who some historians consider to be the real founder of what we know today as the Joseon Dynasty. Episode VII Part II Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Taejong of Joseon Jeongjong of Joseon Taejo of Joseon Jeongjong […]

 VII I – Joseon – The Strife of Princes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:04

The aging King Taejo attempts to clean house while his many sons feud over matters of succession. Episode VII Part I Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Taejo of Joseon Taizu of the Ming Dynasty Prime Minister Jeong Dojeon Jeongjong of Joseon Taejong of Joseon Han Prince Yi Bangan

 VI X – Goryeo – “Let This Oath Witness My Deception” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:57

In the conclusion of Episode VI, General Yi Seong-gye topples the Goryeo Dynasty. Episode VI Part X Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Woo of Goryeo General Yi Seong-gye aka King Taejo of Joseon. Shindon the Monk and probable father of Woo. Chang of Goryeo Taizu of Ming Superintendent of Gunpowder Choi Mu-seon King […]

 VI IX – Goryeo – “The Rising Flood” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:53

In Episode VI Part XI, bad omens prove accurate as secret societies in China begin plotting to overthrow the Mongols, leading to a civil war that spills across the Yalu river and onto the Korean peninsula. Meanwhile, the Koreans attempt to stay on the winning side of the Chinese conflict while grappling with giant raids […]

 VI VIII – Goryeo – “The Worst Excesses of Rome” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:57

In Episode VI Part VIII, the collaborator Kings of Goryeo continue their debauchery while the long suffering peasantry catch a glimmer of hope as cracks begin to appear in Mongol rule. Episode VI Part VIII Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Chunglyeol of Goryeo Kublai Khan Neo-Confucian Philosopher Ahn Hyang Chungseon of Goryeo Chungsuk […]

 VI VII – Goryeo – “We Cannot Go Back Now” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:45

On today’s very special episode, the Korean people become unwilling participants in the Mongol’s greatest military disaster – the invasion of mainland Japan – while everyone involved in the affair falls victim to this podcaster’s butchered pronunciation. Apologies in advance! Required Viewing “Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan” by Takezaki Suenaga translated by Thomas […]

 VI VI – Goryeo – “I have begun from the rising sun…” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:29

In Episode VI Part VI, the elites of Goryeo abandon ship and hide on an island while the Mongols use their newly acquired siege skills to crack open Goryeo fortresses and pillage the land again and again. Episode VI Part VI Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Sinjong of Goryeo General and Protector of the […]

 Staying Together, Staying Warm. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:10

The third episode in the Tangent series explores how the rulers of Goryeo used and reinforced pre-existing clan structures to maintain order and nation build. We also take a look inside a typical rural home.

 VI V – Goryeo – “Great Men Are Those Who Do Well” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:00

In Episode VI Part V, the shockwaves caused by the rise of the Jin continue as conflict between opposing interests – Buddhist and Confucian, military and civilian come to a head at court. Episode VI Part V Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance The romanization of Korean is a tricky business, especially with the […]


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