It would not be an exaggeration to say that old Korea was a cultural colony of China: Chinese culture had unquestionable prestige on the peninsula until the 19th century.
In fact, it was the only culture considered worthy. Classical Chinese was the language of literature, politics, and any civilized discussion.
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Fyodor Tertitskiy is a leading researcher at Seoul’s Kookmin University. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Seoul National University and is the author of several books on North Korean history and military in English and Korean.
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