Work of Prof. Lee Jin-han selected by China’s Historical Research Institution as a Top 10 History Book

The Study on the Trade of Song Merchants During the Goryeo Dynasty, translated and published in China in 2020 」 
The first work of Korean history researcher to be published by Jiangsu People's Publishing House, a first-class Chinese publishing company


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The Study on the Trade of Song Merchants During the Goryeo Dynasty, written by Professor Lee Jin-Han from the Department of Korean History of Korea University’s College of Liberal Arts, was included in Top 10 History Books of 2020, recently released by China’s Historical Research Institution through its official WeChat account.

China's Historical Research Institution recently selected the top 10 history books published in 2020, including translations, based on the recommendations of WeChat account readers and third party book reviews. The selection criteria included the originality of the work in terms of new problem awareness, new methodology, and the excavation of new historical sources.


The 10 selected books include eight books on Chinese history and one book on the United States and infectious diseases each. Among the authors, five are foreigners (one Japanese, one Korean and three Americans) and five are Chinese, who are all recognized as authorities in their fields of study.

The work of Professor Lee was published in Korea in 2011. It was translated by Li Tingqing and Dai Lin Jian, doctoral students of Korea University, and published by Jiangsu People's Publishing House in July 2020. Founded in 1953, Jiangsu People's Publishing House is a first-class Chinese publishing company. One of its signature publications, the Overseas Chinese Studies Series, has translated and published China-related studies by scholars in overseas countries since 1988 and is recognized for its academic authority in the nation. Before the publication of Professor Lee’s work, the series included only one book written by a Korean scholar—Professor Oh Geum-seong from Seoul National University, whose field of specialization is Chinese history. Professor Lee became the second Korean scholar and the first Korean history researcher to be selected for the series, attesting to the significance of his work.



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▲ Professor Lee Jin-Han from the Department of 

Korean History of Korea University’s College of Liberal Arts


Professor Lee has paid great attention to not only research achievements in Korea, but also to related research findings in Japan and China. Currently, he is committed to promoting collaboration and communication between Korean and Chinese academia. In this endeavor, he has invited Chinese scholars to Korea to promote academic exchanges. He has also participated in several conferences held in China to give keynote lectures or present his latest research results. As a result, Professor Lee's research findings have become known in China, which in turn, has contributed to promoting exchanges between Korea’s medieval history scholars and China’s Korean and Chinese history scholars. These efforts brought the attention of many Chinese scholars to the subject of “the trade of Song merchants in Korea.”

Professor Lee has actively published books and articles related to the history of Goryeo, his main field of study, and has announced outstanding academic achievements as research director for the BK21 project, a platform project of the National Research Foundation of Korea and the Korean Studies Promotion service. His book, The Study on the Trade of Song Merchants During the Goryeo Dynasty, an excellent overseas Chinese study, has also contributed to enhancing the standing of Korean studies. Professor Lee has served as President of the Korean History Society, Korea’s largest historical academic organization and Chairman of the National Historical Society Conference.

Professor Lee expected that the publication of his work in China would provide an opportunity to introduce the works of Korean scholars to more Chinese scholars, while also promoting engagement and cooperation between Korean-Chinese academia, in particular medieval historians, and the publishing world.