Corea, the Hermit Nation
by William Elliot Griffis (9780217198967)

Corea, the Hermit Nation
William Elliot Griffis
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 182
Category: Korea
ISBN: 9780217198967
ISBN-10: 0217198961

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Fuyu and Manchiu. that by 169 A.d. the Kokorai kingdom embraced the whole of the territory of old Cho-sen, or of Liao Tung, with all the Corean peninsula north of the Ta-tong, and even to the Tumen River. This career of conquest suffered a check for a time, when a Chinese expedition, sailing up the Yalu River, invested the capital city of the king and defeated his army. The king fled beyond the Tumen River. Eight thousand people are said to have been made prisoners or slaughtered by the Chinese. For a time it seemed as though Kokorai were too badly crippled to move again. Anarchy broke out in China, on the fall of the house of Han, ' A.d. 220, and lasted for half a century. That period of Chinese history, from 221 to 277, is called the "Epoch of the Three King- dome." During this period, and until well into the fifth century, while China was rent into "Northern " and " Southern " divisions, the military activities of Kokorai were employed with varying results against the petty kingdoms that rose and fell, one after the other, on the soil between the Great Wall and the Yalu River. During this time the nation, free from the power and oppression of China, held her own and compacted her power. In the fifth century her warriors had penetrated nearly as far west as the modern Peking in their cavalry raids. Wily, in diplomacy, as brave in war, they sent tribute to both of the rival claimants for the throne of China which were likely to give them trouble in the future. Dropping the family name of their first king, they retained that of their ancestral home-land, and called their nation Korai. Meanwhile, as they multiplied in numbers, the migration of Kokorai people, henceforth known as Korai men, set steadily southward. Weakness in China meant strength in Korai. The Chines...

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