S-Space Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies (규장각한국학연구원) Korean Culture (한국문화) Korean Culture (한국문화) vol.51 (2010)
조선후기~대한제국기 양안연구의 현황과전망
General discussion: Current status of studies over Yang'an registers produced during the latter half period of the Joseon dynasty and the Daehan Empire period, and future prospects
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 규장각한국학연구원
- 한국문화, Vol.51, pp. 91-105
- Analyzing and interpreting Yang'an registers, scholars have fiercely argued with
each other over their own differences of perspectives, as we can see from the
debate that continued between scholars supporting the theory of 'Internal
development' and scholars behiud the theory of 'Small-scale peasants as the Majority,'
or the debate that occurred over determining the nature of the Gwangmu-era
Yaug'an register. Such debates were caused because of the scholars' difference iu
opinions viewing the nature of a particular period's history, but also because of all
the different levels of uuderstanding here and there regarding the general nature of
the Yang'an registers themselves.
The Kyujanggak Institute of Korean Studies has been engaged in a task of
recategorizing Yang'an registers and assorting them with the registers' internal
structure, in order to revitalize discussions over the general nature of the Yang'an
registers. In this article, current status of the ongoing efforts, the perspectives of
previous studies, and future prospects in this area of study, are all examined.
Previous analyses of the Yang'an registers maiuly concentrated upon examining the
Gyeongja-vear register, the Gwangmu-era registers and the Yang'an registers created
in ordinary local Eub uuits. Yet, Yang'an registers created by the land owners or
taxpayers show us a much wider variety of formats and contents in terms of land
ownership, land management and the utility of the Yang'an registers. In this article,
the characteristics of such Yang'an registers are examined, and future options of
utilizing them are also speculated upon.