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Postwar Pines: The Military and the Expansion of State Forests in Post-Imjin Korea, 1598–1684
Journal of Asian Studies
This article explains why the Chosŏn government and the military in particular expanded state control over forests in the seventeenth century and analyzes the implications of forest administration in a preindustrial polity. From 1592 to 1598, the Chosŏn dynasty suffered invasions from Japan that displaced much of the Korean population and devastated the economy and environment. The crucial role of the navy during the war, along with a dire postwar situation, heightened government anxietiesdoi:10.1017/s0021911817001322 fatcat:zxnu4tqexbd4bpq3yxer6tmde4