[KS] Yu Kilchun

gkl1 at columbia.edu gkl1 at columbia.edu
Tue May 9 23:13:07 EDT 2006

   The current discussion on Neo-Darwinism, etc., etc. is
interesting, indeed fascinating and obviously very well informed.
We can always benefit from such a spirited examination of some of
the major concepts and ideas of the last century and a half, and I
sure have. But what I'm waiting for is some kind of a Korean voice
from the 1890s and 1900s and some focusing on what those ideas
meant for Korean intellectuals of that time-- some reference to
materials such as those used by Andre Schmid in his great book on
that period that would Koreanize the discussion for the Korea List.
Apart from some early remarks by Vladimir, there's been pretty much
   In the original question, we were asked about the title and date
of the book on Polish history by Yu Kilchun, whose name in the
subject heading still looms, though limply, to identify the thread
we started with. If there is anyone out there who has read that
book or knows anything about it, I'd love to hear more about it.
   We learned from Vladimir that the book was really a translation
of 1899 by Yu, not his original work. In that regard I was
interested to see in a Korean bibliography that the author of
<P'aran'guk mallyOn chOnsa> was a Japanese named Shibue Yasu (the
given name looks incomplete but the surname--Kor. pron. Sapkang--is
all there), and that the book was published in Seoul. That makes it
look like the Japanese writer (was he too a translator, of a
European work?) was in Seoul, which sounds odd; but more likely
this is Yu's Korean translation of Shibue's work (or translation).
My limited home library could not yield anything on Shibue.
   Shibue's title translates as "History of the Wars over Poland in
its Last Years." Yu's translation is sometimes cited using
<soemang> rather than <mallyOn> which would change my englishing to
"...in its Decline and Fall." (Did somebody translate Gibbon too?)

Gari Ledyard

Quoting Andrzej Wadas <andrzejwadas at yahoo.co.uk>:

> Dear List Members,
> I wonder what was the korean title and the year of
> publishing  of Yu Kilchun "A history of Poland". I
> would be greatful for any replies.
> Sincerely
> Andrzej Wadas
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