May 12, 2023

Article: Iberian Sources on the Imjin War

Giuseppe Marino and Rebekah Clements have published a new article about Spanish and Portuguese sources on the Imjin War: “Iberian Sources on the Imjin War: The Relação do fim e remate que teve a guerra da Corea (1599).” Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies 1 May 2023; 23 (1): 27–48. The article is available as an Open Access publication here.

Combining Iberian and East Asian primary source documents can provide a fresh perspective on sixteenth-century East Asian history. This is particularly true of the Imjin War (1592–98), the largest war in the world during the sixteenth century. Involving China, Korea, and Japan, it attracted close observation from Jesuit missionaries, who wrote a number of as yet largely unstudied accounts of the conflict and its implications for the Jesuit mission. We analyze and translate one such manuscript, which is particularly detailed and unique in its scope: the Relação do fim e remate que teve a guerra da Corea, cross-referenced with Chinese, Japanese, and Korean accounts.