Korea and Beyond
The Circulation of Military Knowledge and its Localization. Some Notes on the Case of Military Techniques in Late Chosŏn Korea – Felix Siegmund
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The Circulation of Military Knowledge and its Localization. Some Notes on the Case of Military Techniques in Late Chosŏn Korea
In recent years we have come to think of East Asian military history at large. Some of the main figures in the study of warfare in East Asia holding positions in World History and similar broad subjects are one factor. The other one is an increasing need to show that what we do matters.1 The standard answer at the moment seems to be that military history is somehow interwoven with World History and that this is proof of its relevance. Looking at the direction that publications have taken in the last decade, the success of this approach in getting publications into prestigious publishing houses cannot be denied.
But there is also a more concrete dimension to military history – to any kind of history in fact – which is about the workings of processes at lower levels and of a smaller scale. It is these small-scale dynamics that inform the bigger picture and that represent a step that we should not skip so easily.2 What I want to do here is to show that local and regional settings, networks if you will, play an important role in the spread of military knowledge and should be considered in both military and general history.3 There is a need for more recognition of small-scale dynamics which inform the big picture. Another reason why...
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