Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

A few choices, made without imagining their long-term results, have shaped my life. I wrote this book with deep sympathy for people who tried hard to change their lives but became bewildered by the progress of history. Luckily, many good people have helped me survive the results of my choices, whether made from innocence or from ignorance. ...

Abbreviations

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pp. xi-xii

Author’s Note

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Introduction

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pp. 1-21

In March 2004, almost sixty years after the nation’s liberation in 1945, the South Korean national assembly passed a law, in the name of “purification of the nation’s history” (kwagosa ch’ŏngsan), for the purpose of “investigating pro-Japanese acts” during colonial rule.1 Unexpectedly, the act provoked a series of scandals that shattered the political prospects of prominent ruling party leaders. ...

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1. The Korean Reformers and the Late Chosŏn State

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pp. 22-45

The Chosŏn dynasty (1392– 1910) was long and stable. Major popular rebellions did not occur before its final century. The dynasty suddenly encountered a series of popular rebellions, the coup of elite officials, a palace mutiny, and successive foreign invasions in the nineteenth century. ...

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2. People and Foreigners: The Northwestern Provinces, 1896– 1904

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pp. 46-80

An Chung-gǔn (1879– 1910), a Catholic Korean youth, assassinated Itō Hirobumi (1841– 1909) in 1909 and became an icon of Korean patriotism and nationalism. He wrote in his memoir that he had killed Ito for the peace of East Asia (tongyang p’yǒnghwa,) because Itō had broken his “promise” to protect Korean independence when Japan waged war against Russia. ...

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3. Sensational Campaigns: The Russo-Japanese War and the Ilchinhoe’s Rise, 1904–1905

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pp. 81-116

When Japan launched the Russo-Japanese War in February 1904, Korean reformists observed the military campaigns with wonder and suspicion. Yun Ch’i-ho, the leader of the Independence Club, was one of the reformers who oscillated between these two feelings. After Japan declared victory in the war, Yun wrote in his diary: “I am glad Japan has beaten Russia. ...

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4. Freedom and the New Look: The Culture and Rhetoric of the Ilchinhoe Movement

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pp. 117-161

In February 1905, Yi Min-hwa, a major in the Wŏnju defense army, was called into the military court of Wŏnju for a face-to-face examination with sixty members of the Ilchinhoe. The major had filed a case against the organization, charging that it had violated Korean imperial authority at one of its assemblies. ...

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5. The Populist Contest: The Ilchinhoe’s Tax Resistance, 1904– 1907

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pp. 162-193

The elite records of protectorate Korea, whether written in Korean or Japanese, depict the Ilchinhoe’s movement with scorn, abhorrence, and anxiety. It is hard to grasp how the Ilchinhoe emerged as a strong popular organization in a short period of time if we reference the portraits of the group in the records of the Korean court, the media of the elite reformers, ...

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6. Subverting Local Society: Ilchinhoe Legal Disputes, 1904– 1907

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pp. 194-240

Landownership and its reform in agrarian society were burning issues that changed Korea’s historical course in the twentieth century. The cadastral survey of the Kwangmu government moved in the direction of clarifying the private ownership of landowners and streamlined complicated property rights in the lands affiliated with government agencies. ...

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7. The Authoritarian Resolution: The Ilchinhoe and the Japanese, 1904– 1910

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pp. 241-279

Historians of the Japanese empire have long debated what exactly Japan intended when it installed protectorate rule in Korea and how and why it reached its final decision to annex Korea. The crux of this debate is based on understanding the characteristics of the Japanese protectorate as a form of government ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 280-288

Kim Myŏng-jun, once an Ilchinhoe member, said at one of Taehan Hyŏphoe’s assemblies that “the civilization of our generation is not other than that the rights of the people are consolidated, their freedoms are articulated in law, and they live life in comfort. The people in Korea do not have the freedom—even if they wish ...

Index

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pp. 289-296