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Kings Advocated Military Build-Up

By Yang Sung-jin


The notion that the Choson Dynasty wallowed in philosophical musings at the cost of military preparedness is convincing. True, pen-scribbling bureaucrats set the stage for central politics, while military officers faded into obscurity. Yet it is also true that this notion unwittingly neglects the first half of the 500-year history, the era in which a military build-up was the chief concern among top policymakers. 


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