CKS Publication: In the Service of His Korean Majesty

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January 1, 2012

In the Service of His Korean Majesty

William Nelson Lovatt, the Pusan Customs, and Sino-Korean Relations, 1876–1888

Patterson, Wayne (CKS Visiting Researcher)
Korea Research Monograph #35
IEAS Publications
2012. 193 pp.
ISBN-13 (print): 978-1-55729-100-4
ISBN-10 (print): 1-55729-100-4
ISBN-13 (e-book): 978-1-55729-164-6

In this book, Wayne Patterson examines the recently found correspondence, journals, and photographs of William Nelson Lovatt, Korea's first commissioner of customs in Pusan. These materials significantly advance our knowledge of a critical time in the late Chosŏn period. The study's main theme is the transformation of China's policy toward Korea from a largely benevolent policy to an increasingly interventionist policy to a kind of imperialism. A key bellweather in this transformation can be found in the customs service in which Lovatt served.

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