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Critical Readings on the Colonial Period of Korea 1910-1945 (4 vols)

From the publisher’s website:

There has been a rapid accumulation of new scholarship on colonial Korea in particular and comparative colonialism in general within the last ten years. This volume gathers these articles from a variety of venues to allow researchers, students, and readers to access the most important scholarship on colonial Korea published in English. The volume will facilitate the rediscovery of a few older articles, insightful articles published in relatively less well-known outlets, and touchstone works, all in one convenient series. This will be useful to researchers of modern Korea and modern Japan, as well as serving a resource of courses that cover Korean history, Japanese history, and history of colonialism. As one of the few cases of non-Western colonialism, the volume will also be invaluable for researchers interested in expanding their knowledge of comparative colonialism.


Volume One

Introduction: Korea’s Colonial Period in Context | Hyung-Gu Lynn


  1. The Annexation of Korea Failed to Come into Being—Forced Treaties and Japan’s Annexation of the Great Han Empire | Yi Tae-jin
  2. Korea and Japan Should Not Fall in the Pitfall of the Old Treaties: An Answer to the Treatise by Prof. Yi Tae-jin | Sakamoto Shigeki
  3. Only the Treaties for Invasion of Korea Were Anomalous: A Reply to Professor Sakamoto’s Answer | Yi Tae-jin
  4. Politics and Pageantry in Protectorate Korea (1905–1910): The Imperial Progresses of Sunjong | Christine Kim
  5. Changing Faces: Colonial Rule and Ethnic Characterizations | Sung-Yup Lee
  6. Colonial Publication Policy and the Korean Nationalist Movement | Michael E. Robinson
  7. Ariyoshi Chūichi and Colonial Period Korea | Hyung-Gu Lynn
  8. Korean International Relations in the Colonial Period and the Question of Independence | Ku Daeyeol
  9. In Search of Human Rights: The Paekchŏng Movement in Colonial Korea | Joong-Seop Kim


  1. Colonization as Planned Change: The Korean Case | Yunshik Chang
  2. Imperial Policy or World Price Shocks? Explaining Interwar Korean Consumption Trends | Myung Soo Cha

Volume Two

  1. Colonial Modernity and the Social History of Chemical Seasoning in Korea | Keun-Sik Jung
  2. Korean Factory Workers During World War II: The Case of the Onoda Cement Sŭngho-ri Factory | Soon Won Park
  3. Land Tenure and Class Relations in Colonial Korea | Clark W. Sorensen
  4. The Emergence of New Types of Landlords in the Occupation Period | Hong Sung-Chan
  5. Total War, Industrialization, and Social Change in Late Colonial Korea | Carter J. Eckert
  6. Neither “Sprouts” nor “Offfspring”: The Agrarian Roots of Korean Capitalism | Gi-Wook Shin


  1. Mass Media and Popular Culture in the 1930s Korea: Cultural Control, Identity, and Colonial Hegemony | Michael Robinson
  2. Sounds of Celluloid Dreams: Coming of the Talkies to Cinema in Colonial Korea | Brian Yecies
  3. The Making of a Cultural Icon for the Japanese Empire: Choe Seung-hui’s U.S. Dance Tours and “New Asian Culture” in the 1930s and 1940s | Sang Mi Park
  4. Fashioning Modernity: Changing Meanings of Clothing in Colonial Korea | Hyung-Gu Lynn
  5. Modeling the West, Returning to Asia: Shifting Politics of Representation in Japanese Colonial Expositions in Korea | Hong Kal
  6. Sanitizing Empire: Japanese Articulations of Korean Otherness and the Construction of Early Colonial Seoul, 1905–1919 | Todd A. Henry

Volume Three

  1. Colonial Modernity and the Making of Mokpo as a Dual City | Chan-Seung Park
  2. The Process of the Formation and Diversifijication of the Readers of Korean Prose Fiction in the 1920’s and 1930’s | Jeong-hwan Cheon


  1. The Price of Legitimacy: Women and the Kŭnuhoe Movement, 1927–1931 | Kenneth M. Wells
  2. An American Concubine in Old Korea: Missionary Discourse on Gender, Race, and Modernity | Hyaeweol Choi
  3. The New Woman and New-Style Weddings in Colonial Korea | Jennifer Jung-Kim
  4. ‘Limiting Birth’: Birth Control in Colonial Korea | Sonja Kim
  5. Convention and Innovation: The Lives and Cultural Legacy of the Kisaeng in Colonial Korea (1910–1945) | Insuk Lee
  6. The ‘Comfort Women’ | George Hicks


  1. The History, Culture and Language of the Koryo Saram | German Kim
  2. Blagoslovennoe: Korean Village on the Amur, 1871–1937 | Ross King
  3. Japan and Futei Senjin | Wayne Patterson
  4. The Obscene, Violent Supplement of State Power: Korean Welfare and Class Warfare in Interwar Japan | Ken C. Kawashima

Volume Four

  1. Minority Success, Assimilation, and Identity in Prewar Japan: Pak Chungum and the Korean Middle Class | Jeffrey P. Bayliss
  2. The Hidden Impact of the 1931 Post-Wanpaoshan Riots: Credit Risk and the Chinese Commercial Network in Colonial Korea | Michael Kim
  3. A Sentimental Journey: Mapping the Interior Frontier of Japanese Settlers in Colonial Korea | Jun Uchida
  4. The Lost Memories of Empire and Cross-Border Displacement: Conceptualizing Manchuria in Modern Korean History and the Korean Return from Manchuria, 1945–1950 | Michael Kim


  1. ‘Surely God Will Work Out Their Salvation’: Protestant Missionaries in the March First Movement | Donald N. Clark
  2. Preaching the Apocalypse in Colonial Korea: The Protestant Millennialism of Kil Son-ju | Chong Bum Kim
  3. The Shintō Shrine Conflict and Protestant Martyrs in Korea, 1938–1945 | James Grayson


  1. Northeast Asia Centered Around Korea: Ch’oe Namson’s View of History | Chizuko T. Allen
  2. Rediscovering Manchuria: Sin Ch’aeho and the Politics of Territorial History in Korea | Andre Schmid
  3. Socialism, the National Question, and East Asia in Colonial Korea: 1937–1945 | Keongil Kim
  4. Yi Hun-gu’s Agricultural Reform Theory and Nationalist Economic Thought | Kie-Chung Pang
  5. The Natives Next-Door: Ethnology in Colonial Korea | Boudewijn Walraven
  6. The Creation of National Treasures and Monuments: The 1916 Japanese Laws on the Preservation of Korean Remains and Relics and Their Colonial Legacies | Hyung Il Pai

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