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Дипломатия на грани фола: "верность", "долг" и "садэ" в Корее в XVII-XVIII вв.

The roots of the diplomatic relations between the states on the Korean peninsula and the “Middle Kingdom” date back to the first centuries A.D. China was considered as a “civilized” state that should serve as an example of morality and righteousness. On the diplomatic level these circumstances formed the concept of the sadae - “to serve the great”. The article focuses on the duality of the socio-cultural relations between the Chosŏn dynasty (1392-1910) and the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). Even though Chosŏn agreed to the fact that the Qing dynasty would be a new superior, the Korean kings still cultivated in the inner politics of the country the loyalty towards their previous superior, the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).