The Abacus and the Sword: The Japanese Penetration of Korea, 1895-1910

The Abacus and the Sword: The Japanese Penetration of Korea, 1895-1910

by Peter Duus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520213610

ISBN-13: 9780520213616

Pub. Date: 04/24/1998

Publisher: University of California Press

Duus analyzes Japan's acquisition of Korea, the largest of its colonial possessions, as the result of two separate but interlinked processes, one political/military and the other economic: every attempt at increasing Japanese political influence licensed new opportunities for trade, and every new push for Japanese economic interest buttressed, and sometimes…  See more details below

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Duus analyzes Japan's acquisition of Korea, the largest of its colonial possessions, as the result of two separate but interlinked processes, one political/military and the other economic: every attempt at increasing Japanese political influence licensed new opportunities for trade, and every new push for Japanese economic interest buttressed, and sometimes justified, further political advances. The sword was the servant of the abacus; the abacus, the handmaiden of the sword. The political process was driven by the attempt of the Meiji leaders, backed and prodded by politicians and military men at home, to create a stable cadre of Korean collaborators committed to self-strengthening; when this attempt failed, the Japanese leaders finally decided to extend full political control over the peninsula.... While suggesting that Meiji imperialism shared much with Western colonial expansion that provided both its model and its context, Duus also argues that it was "backward imperialism," shaped by Japan's sense of inferiority to the West, as well as its undeveloped economy, limited history of foreign contacts, economic dependency on the advanced economies, and intense desire to catch up. This careful and informed study casts light on a wide array of topics in social, economic, and diplomatic history and contributes to a better understanding of modern Japanese imperialism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520213616
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/24/1998
Series:
Twentieth Century Japan: The Emergence of a World Power Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
498
Sales rank:
1,287,889
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: The Origins of Meiji Imperialism1
1The Korean Question, 1876-189429
2The Failed Protectorate, 1894-189566
3Japanese Power in Limbo, 1895-1898103
4The Race for Concessions, 1895-1901134
5Toward the Protectorate, 1901-1905169
6The Politics of the Protectorate, 1905-1910201
7Capturing the Market: Japanese Trade in Korea245
8Dreams of Brocade: Migration to Korea289
9Strangers in a Strange Land: The Settler Community324
10The Korean Land Grab: Agriculture and Land Acquisition364
11Defining the Koreans: Images of Domination397
Conclusion: Mimesis and Dependence424
Bibliography439
Index461

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