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Offspring of Empire

June 25th, 2006 . by Matt

Here is a book I have heard a lot about, but have yet to read. It is called ‘Offspring of Empire: The Koch’ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism,1876-1945‘. It is about the development of capitalism in Korea during the Japanese administration. I read the first three pages on Google Books and those pages are reproduced below.

Offspring of Empire

Offspring of Empire

Offspring of Empire

What is written above seems at odds with what Korean historians are writing, so I am interested in reading the whole book. I will go into Kinokuniya next week and see if they have it.


6 Responses to “Offspring of Empire”

  1. comment number 1 by: tomato

    Matt,

    I think the book is pretty well known- I’ve seen it being referred several times.

    What I have noticed from commnucating with Koreans in the web is that some of them believe that the Japanese think that it was “good” to colonize Korea, and the Koreans get angry at this “fact” about Japanese thinking…

    But, what is actually happening is that the Korean argument is bouncing back on them because the Koreans deny the colonial period too much, even though it was really not as bad as they claim it to be. The Japanese (and other people) have every right to refute those claims that are just not true.

    I think Koreans distort historical facts about the Japanese colonial period to “prove” that they are of a superior race and the Japanese obsutructed their way into assured glory…if this Koreans view of history is denied, they will scream at you…just see how this thread goes.

  2. comment number 2 by: Newshound

    I think another part of it is that there seems to be a huge difference between how Asian nations reflect upon their histories, and how European nations reflect upon their histories.

    It seems that people in Asia just don’t want to forgive (insert nation here) for the things they did (insert time period here) years ago.

    Europeans just tend to quietly hate each other and cheer whenever their arch enemies lose at football.


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  5. comment number 5 by: Matt

    I asked at Kinokuniya, but it was sold out. I have it on order now. It will take about a month to arrive.


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