The Joseon Dynasty in Korea

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The Joseon Dynasty has emphatically changed Korea so much that it is called “Choson”, same as Joseon, in the North Korean language. The dynasty came after the Goryeo Dynasty, which was starting to crumble due to the neighboring Mongol Empire. General Yi, a renowned general at the time, took over and ascended the throne as emperor, officially ending the Goryeo Dynasty and starting the Joseon Dynasty. Between 1392 and 1897 CE, the Joseon Dynasty started in Korea and inspired new modifications of government and illustrious art, yet continued to have a monarchy-style government.
By 1399, King Taejong, the third king of the dynasty, had fortified his role as king. For one, he had issued a new proclamation, stating that all decisions made by the royal court must be finally approved by the king in order to be in effect. This solidified his rule and made him even more powerful, since the king must agree with any new changes. Second, he had exiled many of his supporters and allies who helped him become king. He did this to show his authority, as well as his independence and power. He also wanted the people to know that he was not a weak king, who would be swayed by supporters.
During the time of his rule, King Taejong had also changed the civil service examination system. It was first invented in the Silla Dynasty, but took more importance in the Goryeo Dynasty. In the Joseon Dynasty, the civil exams were taken to a new and higher level of importance. Under his rule, these exams were the only way a person could achieve rank in society. Rank during the Joseon Dynasty was not determined by wealth of the family, but by the civil exam. Anyone could take the exam, including peasants and slaves, but only the wealthiest families co...

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...of Joseon white porcelain and used it in my essay when I wrote about white porcelain, as well as the Confucian ideas that were involved with it. This site is very reliable because it was an article from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest museum in the United States.

Lee, Soyoung. "Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History." Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400–1600. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sept. 2010. Web. 24 Feb. 2014.
Being the same website source above, this article gave a good amount of information on art, specifically paintings, during the Joseon Dynasty. I used this information when writing about the difference in Korean art vs Chinese art and how Confucianism played a role in it. This site is also reliable because it was an article from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from the same author above, Soyoung Lee, a curator of asian art at the museum.

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