Osgood, Cornelius. The Koreans and their culture

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Title: The Koreans and their culture

Published By: New York: The Ronald Press Company, 1951. xvi, 387 p., 287 plates: ill., maps [incomplete]

By line: [by] Cornelius Osgood

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Korea (AA01)


Abstract: This book is the first work on Korea by a professional ethnographer. Its five parts consist first of a study of a typical Korean farming village on the island of Kanghwa. The data on this village were recorded by observation and from local informants during the summer of 1947, with the assistance of two Korean students. In the second part the culture of the upper class is examined on the basis of information available in the extant literature (see category 113 for bibliographical references used). The third part, an outline of Korean political history, is based mainly on Hulbert's translation of the TONG KANG YO, a Korean summary of the four ancient histories of the country. Part four is an extesive cultural summary resting upon the work of Hulbert and later sources. The fifth and final part, dealing with modern Korea and the events leading up to the war, is based upon personal observations, discussion with individuals directly involved, and an examination of the literature dealing with the contemporary period.

Document Number: 22

Document ID: aa01-022

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: This document consists of excerpts. Includes index and bibliography

Field Date: 1947

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: 1950-1955

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Kanghwa Island, Korea

LCSH: Koreans


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