In the Service of His Korean Majesty: William Nelson Lovatt, the Pusan Customs, and Sino-Korean Relations, 1876–1888

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Patterson, Wayne
Korea Research Monograph 35
2012. 209 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-1-55729-100-4
ISBN-10: 1-55729-100-4
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"This book is a useful corrective to the usual focus on Seoul in studies of early modern Korea. Using newly discovered data, Patterson shows us what life was like in Pusan at that time. He also sheds new light on what China was trying to accomplish in Korea in the 1880s."

–Don Baker, University of British Columbia

"Wayne Patterson has written an illuminating account of one of the earliest cases of a sustained interaction between Koreans and Westerners. His portrayal of William Nelson Lovatt's time in Pusan will be of interest to students and scholars of Chosŏn Korea's foreign relations—political, commercial, and cultural."

–Kirk W. Larsen, Brigham Young University


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Contents

Preface — vii
A Note on Romanization, Name Order, and Citation — xiii

PART ONE
1. Introduction — 3
2. Möllendorff and Lovatt: The Early Years — 10
3. Establishment of the Korean Customs Service — 19
4. To Go or Not To Go to Korea? — 25

PART TWO
5. Life in Pusan — 39
6. War and a Coup — 76
7. The Beginning of Trouble and Jennie's Departure — 89

PART THREE
8. Merrill in Charge — 111
9. End Game — 137
10. Departure from Korea — 155

PART FOUR
11. Epilogue — 163
12. Conclusion — 176

Glossary — 183
Bibliography — 185
Index — 190


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