The expansion of Western powers shook the traditional East Asian societies from the roots. It led to the downfall of Zheng and the sudden rise of Imperial Japan. Korean inTELectuals who were at the crossroads of country’s existence were struggling to find a way to go between traditional philosophy and modern thought. During that time, history was mainly recognized as a mirror of the past and future and a lot of people strived to find those answers through the study of History. They were selected as figures who made modern and contemporary era shine and left their own mark in this development.