Essay on China and Pre-modern East Asia

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Changes in the Revision:
I added more information about the Korean influence over Japan. Despite a lot was resembled between Japanese and Chinese culture, it was not influenced by war effort in either of the countries, however a lot was due to political impacts in both country which is not the main objective of this paper. I have changed the thesis statement and ending conclusion to furthermore relate how influence the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese culture war. Moreover, I expanded the war evidences during the Korean three kingdom era with explanation of the importance of civil warfare to cause migration wave from China to Korean, and Korea to Japan therefore influences both continent politically and culturally. In addition, I added additional footnotes and citations with them highlighted yellow.
195BC to 676AD: Warfare as the bridge between Chinese, Korean and Japanese Culture.
This essay will develop this view by examining the origins of Korea; showing the ways of war influenced China, Korea and Japan; exploring War’s influence on China, Korea and thus Japan. Clarifying warfare’s significance to overspread culture.
China and Korea’s relationship has always been culturally and militarily close. China has influenced Korean culture in a lot of different ways. However, warfare has played the most significant role in this spread of culture. Not only the wars between China and some of the Korean kingdoms had greatly influenced Korean Culture. China’s internal crisis and warfare also had a great influences over Korean culture and civil affair. Such as the Weiman incident.
Despite the origins of Korean and Japanese population came from migration through inner Asia, Mongolia, and Siberia.It was not until the year of 195B.C.E Weiman the lieutenant from Han Dynasty state of Yan fled east to Choson made a great impact on Korean culture. The reason Weiman fled to Korean pennisula was due the fail rebellion of the Yan state ruled by the Hand dynasty. Although the Choson King respected Weiman’s status as the former Yan state’s lieutenant and put him in charge of the border. Weiman usurp the throne of Choson king. Weiman and his descendants then proceed to rule Choson from 195B.C.E TO 108B.C.E [1]. and with this almost a decade of ruling. Weiman and his descendants brought much of Chinese traditions into Korea. The Chinese tradition that Weiman and his descendent has brought to Korea was the foundation for Korean people to easily adapt the Chinese culture later on. After almost a decades of rule under the Chinese bloodline. Korean regards the Chinese culture and beliefs such as Confucianism as a tradition that belong and native to them rather than foreign.
Weiman’s reign ends in 108.B.C.E. when Emperor Wu of Han dynasty invaded Choson in order to outflank the XiongNu. Han dynasty then divided the Korean peninsula territory they have conquered into four commanderies. The Lelang commandery was regarded as the most important among the four where it remained under Chinese control to 313C.E [2]. as a consequence, the trade and cultural contact between Korean peninsula and Han China was persistent. During this era, Chinese burial practices and art styles was introduced and studied in Korea.
[1] "Chapter 6," in Pre-Modern East Asia to 1800, 2nd ed. (Houghton Mifflin), pg. #100.
[2] "Chapter 6," in Pre-Modern East Asia to 1800, 2nd ed. (Houghton Mifflin), pg. #100

However. Until this time, Chinese influence over the Korean peninsula was limited to the northern part of the Korea due the fact that the south was controlled by tribal chieftains or petty kings whose location was too far from the Chinese border therefore was not considered as a threat to the Dynasty[3].
During this period. Puyo was an important ally to the Han dynasty in both culture and military way where they fought together to suppress their common enemy, Koguryo. In Puyo’s effort of sending embassies to China, both Puyo and Koguryo had adopted some marks of Chinese…