Second conflict in the Goryeo–Khitan War

The Second Goryeo-Khitan War (Chinese: 第二次高麗契丹戰爭; Korean제2차 고려-거란 전쟁) was an 11th-century conflict between the Goryeo dynasty of Korea and the Khitan-led Liao dynasty of China near what is now the border between China and North Korea. It was the second of the Goryeo-Khitan Wars, with the First Goryeo-Khitan War occurring in 993, the second in 1010, and the third in 1018.

Second Goryeo–Khitan War
Part of Goryeo-Khitan Wars
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Date1010-1011
Location
Result

Liao tactical victory followed by withdrawal

  • Liao dynasty sacked the Goryeo capital Kaesong[1] but the king had already escaped to Naju[2]
  • After Liao's withdrawal, Goryeo promised a tributary relationship with the Khitan[3] but did not follow through leading to renewed conflict[4]
Belligerents
Goryeo Liao dynasty
Commanders and leaders
Gang Jo
Yang Gyu
Kim Suk-heung
Dae Do-su (POW)
Ha Gong-jin
Emperor Shengzong
Xiao Baiya[5]
Strength
400,000[5]
Casualties and losses
severe. main force annihilated 15,000 <

When King Seongjong died in 997, the Liao dynasty invested his successor Wang Song as king of Goryeo (King Mokjong, r. 997-1009).[6] In 1009, he was assassinated by the forces of the general Gang Jo.[7] Using it as a pretext, the Liao attacked Goryeo in the next year.[8] They lost the first battle but won the second one, and Gang Jo was captured and killed.[5] The Liao occupied and burnt the Goryeo capital Kaesong,[1][9][10] but the Goryeo king had already escaped to Naju.[2] The Liao troops withdrew then afterward Goryeo promised to reaffirm its tributary relationship with the Liao dynasty.[3] Unable to establish a foothold and to avoid a counterattack by the regrouped Groyeo armies, the Liao forces withdrew.[4] Afterward, the Goryeo king sued for peace, but the Liao emperor demanded that he come in person and also cede key border areas; the Goryeo court refused the demands, resulting in a decade of hostility between the two nations, during which both sides fortified their borders in preparation of war.[4][11] Liao attacked Goryeo in 1015, 1016, and 1017, but the results were indecisive.[12]

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Simons 1995, p. 95: "a prelude to more invasions during the reign of King Hyonjong (1010-1031) and the occupation of Kaesong, the Koryo capital."
  2. ^ a b Nahm 1988, p. 89.
  3. ^ a b Simons 1995, p. 93: "a second Liao incursion resulted in heavy losses, the sacking of Kaesong, and the imposition of Liao suzerainty over the Koryo state."
  4. ^ a b c Twitchett, Denis C.; Franke, Herbert; Fairbank, John King (1978). The Cambridge History of China: Volume 6, Alien Regimes and Border States, 907-1368. Cambridge University Press. p. 111. ISBN 9780521243315. Retrieved 30 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b c Twitchett & Tietze 1994, p.111.
  6. ^ Twitchett & Tietze 1994, p.104.
  7. ^ Hyun 2013, p. 191.
  8. ^ Twitchett & Tietze 1994, p. 111: "The Khitan sent an expeditionary army ... to punish the murderer of their former vassal".
  9. ^ Hatada, Smith Jr & Hazard 1969, p. 52: "in the reign of King Hyŏnjong (1010-1031) there were numerous Khitan invasions, and even the capital Kaesŏng was occupied."
  10. ^ Ebrey & Walthall 2014, [1], p. 171, at Google Books: "In 1010, on the pretext that the rightful king had been deposed without the approval of the Liao court, the Khitan emperor personally led an attack that culminated in the burning of the Goryeo capital."
  11. ^ Simons 1995, p. 93: "a second Liao incursion resulted in heavy losses, the sacking of Kaesong, and the imposition of Liao suzerainty over the Koryo state." p. 95: "a prelude to more invasions during the reign of King Hyonjong (1010-1031) and the occupation of Kaesong, the Koryo capital."
  12. ^ Twitchett, Denis C.; Franke, Herbert; Fairbank, John King (1978). The Cambridge History of China: Volume 6, Alien Regimes and Border States, 907-1368. Cambridge University Press. p. 111. ISBN 9780521243315. Retrieved 30 July 2016. From 1015 to 1019 there was incessant warfare, with attacks on Koryŏ in 1015, 1016, and 1017 in which victory went sometimes to Koryŏ, sometimes to the Khitan, but in sum were indecisive. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

ReferencesEdit

  • Ebrey, Patricia Buckley; Walthall, Anne (2014), Pre-Modern East Asia: To 1800: A Cultural, Social, and Political History, Third Edition, Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, ISBN 978-1-133-60651-2.
  • Hatada, Takashi; Smith Jr, Warren W.; Hazard, Benjamin H. (1969), A History of Korea, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, ISBN 0-87436-064-1.
  • Hyun, Jeongwon (2013), Gift Exchange among States in East Asia during the Eleventh Century (Thesis (Ph.D.)), University of Washington, hdl:1773/24231.
  • Simons, Geoff (1995), Korea: The Search for Sovereignty, New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-12531-3.
  • Twitchett, Denis; Tietze, Klaus-Peter (1994), "The Liao", in Franke, Herbert; Twitchett, Denis (eds.), The Cambridge History of China, Volume 6, Alien Regime and Border States, 907-1368, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 43–153, ISBN 0-521-24331-9.
  • Nahm, Andrew C. (1988), Korea: Tradition & Transformation: A History of the Korean People, Elizabeth, NJ: Hollym, ISBN 0-930878-56-6.