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xi, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Narrating the postwar crisis
  • Wholesome modernization
  • The student vanguard
  • Permissible criticism
  • 4.19 as authorized protest
  • Miracles every day?.
This in-depth exploration of culture, media, and protest follows South Korea's transition from the Korean War to the political struggles and socioeconomic transformations of the Park Chung Hee era. Although the post-Korean War years are commonly remembered as a time of crisis and disarray, Charles Kim contends that they also created a formative and productive juncture in which South Koreans reworked pre-1945 constructions of national identity to meet the political and cultural needs of postcolonial nation-building. He explores how state ideologues and mainstream intellectuals expanded their efforts by elevating the nation's youth as the core protagonist of a newly independent Korea. By designating students and young men and women as the hope and exemplars of the new nation-state, the discursive stage was set for the remarkableoutburst of the April 19th Revolution in 1960. Kim's interpretation of this seminal event underscores student participants' recasting of anticolonial resistancememories into South Korea's postcolonial politics. This pivotal innovation enabled protestors to circumvent the state's official anticommunism and, in doing so, brought about the formation of a culture of protest that lay at the heart of the country's democracy movement from the 1960s to the 1980s. The positioning of women as subordinates in the nation-building enterprise is also shown to be a direct translation of postwar and Cold War exigencies into the sphere of culture; this cultural conservatism went on to shape the terrain of gender relations in subsequent decades. A meticulously researched cultural history, Youth for Nation illuminates the historical significance of the postwar period through a rigorous analysis of magazines, films, textbooks, archival documents, and personal testimonies. In addition to scholars and students of twentieth-century Korea, the book will be welcomed by those interested in ColdWar cultures, social movements, and democratization in East Asia.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780824855949 20170911
Green Library
xii, 472 pages, 22 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Part 1. Contexts
  • Militarizing time: waves of war
  • Militarizing minds: new ideas of army and nation
  • Militarizing places and persons: academies and cadets
  • Part 2. Academy culture and practice
  • Politics and status: special favor
  • Politics and power: a singular duty
  • State and society: revolution, reform, control
  • Tactics and spirit: certain victory
  • Order and discipline: joyful submission.
For South Koreans, the twenty years from the early 1960s to late 1970s were the best and worst of times a period of unprecedented economic growth and of political oppression that deepened as prosperity spread. In this masterly account, Carter J. Eckert finds the roots of South Korea s dramatic socioeconomic transformation in the country s long history of militarization a history personified in South Korea s paramount leader, Park Chung Hee.The first volume of a comprehensive two-part history, Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism, 1866 1945 reveals how the foundations of the dynamic but strongly authoritarian Korean state that emerged under Park were laid during the period of Japanese occupation. As a cadet in the Manchurian Military Academy, Park and his fellow officers absorbed the Imperial Japanese Army s ethos of victory at all costs and absolute obedience to authority. Japanese military culture decisively shaped Korea s postwar generation of military leaders. When Park seized power in an army coup in 1961, he brought this training and mentality to bear on the project of Korean modernization.Korean society under Park exuded a distinctively martial character, Eckert shows. Its hallmarks included the belief that the army should intervene in politics in times of crisis; that a central authority should plan and monitor the country s economic system; that the Korean people s can do spirit would allow them to overcome any challenge; and that the state should maintain a strong disciplinary presence in society, reserving the right to use violence to maintain order.".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674659865 20161228
Green Library
xi, 307 pages ; 24 cm
  • Origins of Protestantism and Tonghak in late Chŏson Korea
  • Economic and social change under Japanese colonialism
  • A heavenly kingdom on earth : the rise of religious social ideology
  • The path to the sacred : Korea as an agrarian paradise
  • Spiritualizing the national body : sacred labor, community, and the Danish cooperative system
  • Constructing national consciousness : educating and disciplining peasants' minds.
Why and how did Korean religious groups respond to growing rural poverty, social dislocation, and the corrosion of culture caused by forces of modernization under strict Japanese colonial rule (1910u1945)? Questions about religionAEs relationship and response to capitalism, industrialization, urbanization, and secularization lie at the heart of understanding the intersection between colonialism, religion, and modernity in Korea. Yet, getting answers to these questions has been a challenge because of narrow historical investigations that fail to study religious processes in relation to political, economic, social, and cultural developments. In Building a Heaven on Earth , Albert L. Park studies the progressive drives by religious groups to contest standard conceptions of modernity and forge a heavenly kingdom on the Korean peninsula to relieve people from fierce ruptures in their everyday lives. The results of his study will reconfigure the debates on colonial modernity, the origins of faith-based socialactivism in Korea, and the role of religion in a modern world. Building a Heaven on Earth , in particular, presents a compelling story about thedetermination of the Young MenAEs Christian Association (YMCA), the Presbyterian Church, and the ChAE?ndogyo to carry out large-scale rural movements to form a paradiseon earth anchored in religion, agriculture, and a pastoral life. It is a transnational story of leaders from these three groups leaning on ideas and systems from countries, such as Denmark, France, Japan, and the United States, to help them reform political, economic, social, and cultural structures in colonial Korea. Th is book shows that these religious institutions provided discursive and material frameworks that allowed for an alternative form of modernity that featured new forms of agency, social organization, and the nation. In so doing, Building a Heaven on Earth repositions our understandings of modern Korean history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780824839659 20160618
Green Library
xviii, 299 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • List of Illustrations Note on Place Names Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction. Assimilation and Space: Toward an Ethnography of Japanese Rule 1. Constructing Keijo: The Uneven Spaces of a Colonial Capital 2. Spiritual Assimilation: Namsan's Shinto Shrines and Their Festival Celebrations 3. Material Assimilation: Colonial Expositions on the Kyongbok Palace Grounds 4. Civic Assimilation: Sanitary Life in Neighborhood Keijo 5. Imperial Subjectification: The Collapsing Spaces of a Wartime City Epilogue. After Empire's Demise: The Postcolonial Remaking of Seoul's Public Spaces Notes Selected Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520276550 20160612
Assimilating Seoul, the first book-length study written in English about Seoul during the colonial period, challenges conventional nationalist paradigms by revealing the intersection of Korean and Japanese history in this important capital. Through microhistories of Shinto festivals, industrial expositions, and sanitation campaigns, Todd A. Henry offers a transnational account that treats the city's public spaces as "contact zones, " showing how residents negotiated pressures to become loyal, industrious, and hygienic subjects of the Japanese empire. Unlike previous, top-down analyses, this ethnographic history investigates modalities of Japanese rule as experienced from below. Although the colonial state set ambitious goals for the integration of Koreans, Japanese settler elites and lower-class expatriates shaped the speed and direction of assimilation by bending government initiatives to their own interests and identities. Meanwhile, Korean men and women of different classes and generations rearticulated the terms and degree of their incorporation into a multiethnic polity. Assimilating Seoul captures these fascinating responses to an empire that used the lure of empowerment to disguise the reality of alienation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520276550 20160612
Green Library
xiii, 307 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Revolutions in the everyday
  • Legacies : fomenting the revolution
  • Three reforms : initiating the revolution
  • The collective : enacting the revolution
  • Autobiographies : narrating the revolution
  • Revolutionary motherhood : gendering the revolution
  • "Liberated space" : remembering the revolution.
Green Library
HISTORY-290-01, HISTORY-390-01, HISTORY-392G-01
xiii, 296 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
  • The Korean reformist movements and the late Chosen state
  • People and foreigners : the northwestern provinces, 1896-1904
  • Sensational campaigns : the Russo-Japanese War and the Ilchinhoe's rise, 1904-1905
  • Freedom and the new look : the culture and rhetoric of the Ilchinhoe movement
  • The populist contest : the Ilchinhoe's tax resistance, 1904-1906
  • Subverting local society : Ilchinhoe legal disputes, 1904-1907
  • The authoritarian resolution : the Ilchinhoe and the Japanese, 1904-1910.
Green Library
x, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Medicine and its fragments, 1945-1948
  • Mobilizing new models of public health and medicine, 1945-1948
  • From Minneapolis to Seoul: transforming surgery, clinical practice, and professional identity at Seoul National University Hospital, 1954-1968
  • Family planning and nation-building in South Korea, 1961 through the mid-1970s
  • Taking samples for the nation: historicizing the biological sample in the South Korean anti-parasite campaigns, 1969-1995
  • Reconstructing the face: "Asian blepharoplasty," professional expertise, and the development of a plastic surgery market, 1954 to the present
  • Conclusion: challenging developmental expectations.
South Korea represents one of the world's most enthusiastic markets for plastic surgery. The growth of this market is particularly fascinating as access to medical care and surgery arose only recently with economic growth since the 1980s. Reconstructing Bodies traces the development of a medical infrastructure in the Republic of Korea (ROK) from 1945 to the present, arguing that the plastic surgery craze and the related development of biotech ambitions is deeply rooted in historical experience. Tracking the ROK's transition and independence from Japan, John P. DiMoia explains how the South Korean government mobilised biomedical resources and technologies to consolidate its desired image of a modern and progressive nation. Offering in-depth accounts of illustrative transformations, DiMoia narrates South Korean biomedical practice, including Seoul National University Hospital's emergence as an international biomedical site, state-directed family planning and anti-parasite campaigns, and the emerging market for aesthetic and plastic surgery, reflecting how South Koreans have appropriated medicine and surgery for themselves as individuals, increasingly prioritising private forms of health care.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804784115 20160611
Green Library
xvi, 481 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Between 1876 and 1945, thousands of Japanese civilians--merchants, traders, prostitutes, journalists, teachers, and adventurers--left their homeland for a new life on the Korean peninsula. Although most migrants were guided primarily by personal profit and only secondarily by national interest, their mundane lives and the state's ambitions were inextricably entwined in the rise of imperial Japan. Despite having formed one of the largest colonial communities in the twentieth century, these settlers and their empire-building activities have all but vanished from the public memory of Japan's presence in Korea. Drawing on previously unused materials in multi-language archives, Jun Uchida looks behind the official organs of state and military control to focus on the obscured history of these settlers, especially the first generation of "pioneers" between the 1910s and 1930s who actively mediated the colonial management of Korea as its grassroots movers and shakers. By uncovering the downplayed but dynamic role played by settler leaders who operated among multiple parties--between the settler community and the Government-General, between Japanese colonizer and Korean colonized, between colony and metropole--this study examines how these "brokers of empire" advanced their commercial and political interests while contributing to the expansionist project of imperial Japan.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674062535 20160607
Green Library
vii, 744 p. ; 25 cm.
In 1959 South Korea was mired in poverty. By 1979 it had a powerful industrial economy and a vibrant civil society in the making, which would lead to a democratic breakthrough eight years later. The transformation took place during the years of Park Chung Hee's presidency. Park seized power in a coup in 1961 and ruled as a virtual dictator until his assassination in October 1979. He is credited with modernizing South Korea, but at a huge political and social cost. South Korea's political landscape under Park defies easy categorization. The state was predatory yet technocratic, reform-minded yet quick to crack down on dissidents in the name of political order. The nation was balanced uneasily between opposition forces calling for democratic reforms and the Park government's obsession with economic growth. The chaebol (a powerful conglomerate of multinationals based in South Korea) received massive government support to pioneer new growth industries, even as a nationwide campaign of economic shock therapy--interest hikes, devaluation, and wage cuts--met strong public resistance and caused considerable hardship. This landmark volume examines South Korea's era of development as a study in the complex politics of modernization. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources in both English and Korean, these essays recover and contextualize many of the ambiguities in South Korea's trajectory from poverty to a sustainable high rate of economic growth.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674058200 20160602
Green Library
x, 255 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction : Social Darwinism and the ambivalences of modernity
  • Social Darwinist pioneers : the cases of Yu Kiljun and Yun Ch'iho
  • Social Darwinism for the public : the Tongnip Sinmun (the Independent) and the popularization of Social Darwinism in the 1890s
  • Salvation of the state and race : Social Darwinism at the dawn of the twentieth century
  • Survival, God and Buddha : Social Darwinism in the Buddhist context
  • Knowledge is strength : Social Darwinism in pre-colonial education
  • Muscular nationalism at the dawn of the new century : Social Darwinism as an ideology of hegemonic masculinity
  • Conclusion : the influences of Social Darwinism in Korea (1900s and after).
The book deals with the influences Social Darwinism exerted upon Korea's modern ideologies in their formative period - especially nationalism - after its introduction to Korea in 1883 and before Korea's annexation by Japan in 1910. It shows that the belief in the "survival of the fittest" as the overarching cosmic and social principle constituted the main underpinning for the modernity discourses in Korea in the 1890s-1900s. Unlike the dominant ideology of traditional Korea, Neo-Confucianism, which was largely promoted by the scholar-official elite, Social Darwinism appealed to the modern intellectuals, but also to the entrepreneurs, providing the justification for their profit-seeking activities as part of the "national survival" project. As an ideology of Korea's nascent capitalism, Social Darwinism in Korea could, however, hardly be called a liberal creed: it clearly prioritized "national survival" over individual rights and interests.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004185036 20160604
Green Library
xii, 372 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Worker militancy in the postwar years
  • Anticommunism, labor rights, and organized labor : the early 1950s
  • KSEC workers in the 1950s
  • The KSEC union in the political upheavals of 1960-61
  • Consolidation of a democratic union
  • Rationalization and resistance
  • Development versus democracy : the late 1960s
  • Privatization and the suppression of labor, 1968-69
  • Shipbuilding workers under authoritarian rule : the 1970s
  • Shipbuilding for the world market and resurging labor militancy.
"Building Ships, Building a Nation" examines the rise and fall, during the rule of Park Chung Hee (1961-79), of the combative labor union at the Korea Shipbuilding and Engineering Corporation (KSEC), which was Korea's largest shipyard until Hyundai appeared on the scene in the early 1970s. Drawing on the union's extraordinary and extensive archive, Hwasook Nam focuses on the perceptions, attitudes, and discourses of the mostly male heavy-industry workers at the shipyard and on the historical and sociopolitical sources of their militancy. Inspired by legacies of labor activism from the colonial and immediate postcolonial periods, KSEC union workers fought for equality, dignity, and a voice for labor as they struggled to secure a living wage that would support families. The standard view of the South Korean labor movement sees little connection between the immediate postwar era and the period since the 1970s and largely denies positive legacies coming from the period of Japanese colonialism in Korea. Contrary to this conventional view, Nam charts the importance of these historical legacies and argues that the massive mobilization of workers in the postwar years, even though it ended in defeat, had a major impact on the labor movement in the following decades. Hwasook Nam is assistant professor of history and international studies at the University of Washington, where she holds the James B. Palais professorship in Korea studies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780295988993 20160528
Green Library
ix, 320 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm.
During Japan's colonial rule over Korea from 1910 until the end of World War II, Japan adopted assimilation as its administrative policy but was unable to integrate the Korean people as Japanese. In "Japanese Assimilation Policies in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945", Mark Caprio traces the history of this policy to determine why Japan failed to attain its stated goals. In his search through government documents, personal travel accounts, diary entries, published essays, newspaper editorials, and fictional works, Caprio uncovers a rich discussion regarding the policy's potential but little evidence of practical policy initiatives designed to realize Korean assimilation. In Korea, segregation was built into everyday life. Japanese and Koreans lived in virtually segregated communities. The colonial education system, unwilling to intermix large numbers of Koreans with Japanese, segregated students into two separate and unequal systems. As a result, inferior education blocked the social advancement of Koreans. Intermarriage between Koreans and Japanese was comparatively rare, while many who did marry found themselves ostracized from Korea-based Japanese society. Japan reinforced the second-class status of Koreans by limiting employment opportunities and denying representation in the political institutions Japan constructed for Korea. Japanese colonial policy during World War II enabled some improvement, as Koreans were promoted in government and factory positions to replace Japanese recalled home or sent to the battlefront. "Japanese Assimilation Policies in Korea, 1910-1945" also examines the diverse views held by Koreans regarding Japan's colonial policy. Mark Caprio is a professor in the Department of Intercultural Communications, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780295989013 20160528
Green Library
xi, 316 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1. Women in Chosen Korea Chapter 2. The "New Woman" and the Politics of Love, Marriage, and Divorce in Colonial Korea Chapter 3. The Female Worker: From Home to the Factory Chapter 4. Discoursing in Numbers: The Female Worker and the Politics of Gender Chapter 5. The Colonized Body: Korean Women's Sexuality and Health Conclusion Notes Glossary Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520252882 20160528
This study examines how the concept of "Korean woman" underwent a radical transformation in Korea's public discourse during the years of Japanese colonialism. Theodore Jun Yoo shows that as women moved out of traditional spheres to occupy new positions outside the home, they encountered the pervasive control of the colonial state, which sought to impose modernity on them. While some Korean women conformed to the dictates of colonial hegemony, others took deliberate pains to distinguish between what was "modern" (e.g., Western outfits) and thus legitimate, and what was "Japanese, " and thus illegitimate. Yoo argues that what made the experience of these women unique was the dual confrontation with modernity itself and with Japan as a colonial power.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520252882 20160528
Green Library
xi, 328 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Pre-nineteenth-century Sino-Korean relations
  • Nineteenth-century challenges and changes
  • Treaties and troops: bringing multilateral imperialism to Korea
  • Soldiers, diplomats, and merchants: establishing a Qing presence in Korea
  • The residency of Yuan Shikai
  • Suzerainty, sovereignty, and ritual
  • Yuan Shikai and "commercial warfare" in Korea
  • Defending multilateral privilege at Suzerainty's end: the Sino-Japanese war and its aftermath
  • Endings, echoes, and legacies.
Relations between the Choson and Qing states are often cited as the prime example of the operation of the "traditional" Chinese "tribute system." In contrast, this work contends that the motivations, tactics, and successes (and failures) of the late Qing Empire in Choson Korea mirrored those of other nineteenth-century imperialists. Between 1850 and 1910, the Qing attempted to defend its informal empire in Korea by intervening directly, not only to preserve its geopolitical position but also to promote its commercial interests. And it utilized the technology of empire - treaties, international law, the telegraph, steamships, and gunboats.Although the transformation of Qing-Choson diplomacy was based on modern imperialism, this work argues that it is more accurate to describe the dramatic shift in relations in terms of flexible adaptation by one of the world's major empires in response to new challenges. Moreover, the new modes of Qing imperialism were a hybrid of East Asian and Western mechanisms and institutions. Through these means, the Qing Empire played a fundamental role in Korea's integration into regional and global political and economic systems.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674028074 20160528
Green Library
xii, 349 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction : minjung, history, and historical subjectivity
  • The construction of minjung
  • Anticommunism and North Korea
  • Anti-Americanism and chuch'e sasang
  • The undonggwŏn as a counterpublic sphere
  • Between indeterminacy and radical critique : madanggŭk, ritual, and protest
  • The alliance between labor and intellectuals
  • "To be reborn as revolutionary workers" : Gramscian fusion and Leninist vanguardism
  • The subject as the subjected : intellectuals and workers in labor literature
  • Conclusion : the minjung movement as history.
Green Library
xii, 311 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Security over democracy
  • Institution building: civil society
  • Institution building: the military
  • Toward developmental autocracy
  • Development over democracy
  • Engaging South Korean intellectuals
  • Molding South Korean youth
  • Toward democracy.
In this ambitious and innovative study, Gregg Brazinsky examines American nation building in South Korea during the Cold War. Marshalling a vast array of new American and Korean sources, he explains why South Korea was one of the few postcolonial nations that achieved rapid economic development and democratization by the end of the twentieth century. Brazinsky contends that a distinctive combination of American initiatives and Korean agency enabled South Korea's stunning transformation. On one hand, Americans supported the emergence of a developmental autocracy that spurred economic growth in a highly authoritarian manner. On the other hand, Americans sought to encourage democratization from the bottom up by fashioning new institutions and promoting a dialogue about modernization and development. Expanding the framework of traditional diplomatic history, Brazinsky examines not only state-to-state relations, but also the social and cultural interactions between Americans and South Koreans. He shows how Koreans adapted, resisted, and transformed American influence and promoted socioeconomic change that suited their own aspirations. Ultimately, Brazinsky argues, Koreans' capacity to tailor American institutions and ideas to their own purposes was the most important factor in the making of a democratic South Korea.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780807831205 20160619
Green Library
xvii, 331 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • The Emergence of the Wilsonian Moment
  • Self-Determination for Whom?
  • Fighting for the Mind of Mankind
  • President Wilson Arrives in Cairo
  • Laying India's Ailments before Dr. Wilson
  • China's Place among Nations
  • Seizing the Moment in Seoul --The 1919 Revolution
  • From Paris to Amritsar
  • Empty Chairs at Versailles
  • A World Safe for Empire.
During the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, while key decisions were debated by the victorious Allied powers, a multitude of smaller nations and colonies held their breath, waiting to see how their fates would be decided. President Woodrow Wilson, in his Fourteen Points, had called for "a free, open-minded, and absolutely impartial adjustment of all colonial claims, " giving equal weight would be given to the opinions of the colonized peoples and the colonial powers. Among those nations now paying close attention to Wilson's words and actions were the budding nationalist leaders of four disparate non-Western societies--Egypt, India, China, and Korea. That spring, Wilson's words would help ignite political upheavals in all four of these countries. This book is the first to place the 1919 Revolution in Egypt, the Rowlatt Satyagraha in India, the May Fourth movement in China, and the March First uprising in Korea in the context of a broader "Wilsonian moment" that challenged the existing international order. Using primary source material from America, Europe, and Asia, historian Erez Manela tells the story of how emerging nationalist movements appropriated Wilsonian language and adapted it to their own local culture and politics as they launched into action on the international stage. The rapid disintegration of the Wilsonian promise left a legacy of disillusionment and facilitated the spread of revisionist ideologies and movements in these societies; future leaders of Third World liberation movements - Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, and Jawaharlal Nehru, among others - were profoundly shaped by their experiences at the time. The importance of the Paris Peace Conference and Wilson's influence on international affairs far from the battlefields of Europe cannot be underestimated. Now, for the first time, we can clearly see just how the events played out at Versailles sparked a wave of nationalism that is still resonating globally today.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195176155 20160528
Green Library
307 p.
  • Introduction: explaining the roots and politics of Korean nationalism
  • Pan-Asianism and nationalism
  • Colonial racism and nationalism
  • International socialism and nationalism
  • North korea and "socialism of our style"
  • Ilmin chuui and "modernization of the fatherland"
  • Contentious politics
  • Universalism and particularism in nation building
  • Tradition, modernity, and nation
  • Division and politics of national representation
  • Nation, history, and politics
  • Ethnic identity and national unification
  • Between nationalism and globalization
  • Conclusion: genealogy, legacy, and future.
This book explains the roots, politics, and legacy of Korean ethnic nationalism, which is based on the sense of a shared bloodline and ancestry. Belief in a racially distinct and ethnically homogeneous nation is widely shared on both sides of the Korean peninsula, although some scholars believe it is a myth with little historical basis. Finding both positions problematic and treating identity formation as a social and historical construct that has crucial behavioral consequences, this book examines how such a blood-based notion has become a dominant source of Korean identity, overriding other forms of identity in the modern era. It also looks at how the politics of national identity have played out in various contexts in Korea: semicolonialism, civil war, authoritarian politics, democratization, territorial division, and globalization.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804754088 20160528
Green Library
x, 215 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Illegal Korea
  • International terms of engagement
  • The vocabulary of power
  • Voices of dissent
  • Mission législatrice
  • Coda : a knowledgeable empire.
From its creation in the early twentieth century, policymakers used the discourse of international law to legitimate Japan's empire. Although the Japanese state aggrandizers' reliance on this discourse did not create the imperial nation Japan would become, their fluent use of its terms inscribed Japan's claims as legal practice within Japan and abroad. Focusing on Japan's annexation of Korea in 1910, Alexis Dudden gives long-needed attention to the intellectual history of the empire and brings to light presumptions of the twentieth century's so-called international system by describing its most powerful - and most often overlooked - member's engagement with that system. Early chapters describe the global atmosphere that declared Japan the legal ruler of Korea and frame the significance of the discourse of early twentieth-century international law and how its terms became Japanese. Dudden then brings together these discussions in her analysis of how Meiji leaders embedded this discourse into legal precedent for Japan, particularly in its relations with Korea. Remaining chapters explore the limits of these 'universal' ideas and consider how the international arena measured Japan's use of its terms. Dudden squares her examination of the legality of Japan's imperialist designs by discussing the place of colonial policy studies in Japan at the time, demonstrating how this new discipline further created a common sense that Japan's empire accorded to knowledgeable practice. This landmark study greatly enhances our understanding of the intellectual underpinnings of Japan's imperial aspirations. In this carefully researched and cogently argued work, Dudden makes clear that, even before Japan annexed Korea, it had embarked on a legal and often legislating mission to make its colonization legitimate in the eyes of the world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780824828295 20160528
Green Library
xv, 265 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Revolution on the margins
  • 2. Liberation, occupation, and the emerging new order
  • 3. Remaking the people
  • 4. Coalition politics and the United Front
  • 5. Planning the economy
  • 6. Constructing culture
  • 7. A regime of surveillance
  • 8. The people's state
  • Conclusion.
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