Japan's Colonization of Korea: Discourse and Power by Alexis Dudden

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By Alexis Dudden

From its construction within the early twentieth-century, policymakers used the discourse of foreign legislations to valid Japan's empire. even though the japanese nation aggrandizers' reliance in this discourse didn't create the imperial country Japan might turn into, their fluent use of its phrases inscribed Japan's claims as felony perform inside Japan and in another country. concentrating on Japan's annexation of Korea in 1910, Alexis Dudden provides long-needed realization to the highbrow background of the empire and brings to gentle presumptions of the 20th century's so-called foreign process by way of describing its such a lot powerful--and more often than not overlooked--member's engagement with that method.

Early chapters describe the worldwide surroundings that declared Japan the criminal ruler of Korea and body the importance of the discourse of early twentieth-century overseas legislation and the way its phrases grew to become jap. Dudden then brings jointly those discussions in her research of ways Meiji leaders embedded this discourse into criminal precedent for Japan, really in its family with Korea. last chapters discover the boundaries of those ''universal'' rules and think about how the foreign enviornment measured Japan's use of its phrases. Dudden squares her exam of the legality of Japan's imperialist designs through discussing where of colonial coverage reviews in Japan on the time, demonstrating how this new self-discipline additional created a typical experience that Japan's empire accorded to an expert perform.

This landmark examine drastically complements our realizing of the highbrow underpinnings of Japan's imperial aspirations. during this conscientiously researched and cogently argued paintings, Dudden makes transparent that, even ahead of Japan annexed Korea, it had launched into a felony and infrequently legislating challenge to make its colonization valid within the eyes of the realm. In so doing, Tokyo's early twentieth-century coverage makers proven Japan's position within the foreign historical past of empire.

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As mentioned earlier, the terms of international law scripted colonizing politics and inscribed them as the dominant form of international relations. It was in these terms that leaders of colonizing nations described their countries’ takeovers and annexations of other countries as legal. Self-defined sovereign nations assumed legal control over nonsovereign entities, and this control over dependent countries defined the controlling regime as sovereign. These relationships—which defined their legitimacy as they were practiced—cemented the legitimacy of colonizing politics.

47 In short, these “soldiers” constituted the intellectual frontline that paved the way for a body of knowledge to grow. Over time, other scholars used these preliminary word lists to develop larger schools of thought concerning what the words described; these schools were first called Dutch and then Western studies. Historians in general agree on when these schools coalesced into recognizable forms. For example, in 1771, when Maeno Ryötaku and Sugita Genpaku secretly dissected a corpse, they searched Dutch texts for information they found lacking in Chinese books in order to perform their experiment.

80 Throughout the Discourse, Nankai describes a social Darwinist world of nations. ” 81 In practice, however, Japan’s engagement with international law afforded the opposite result. As Japan engaged the terms of international law in describing its policies towards Korea, Meiji diplomats and legal theorists forged a legitimated path to the annexation of Korea in 1910. CHAPTER 2 I N T E R N ATION A L T ER MS O F ENG AGEMENT I nternational terms won the twentieth century. Terms such as independence and sovereignty became the means of discursive exchange in markets and parliaments around the world, but their everyday usage has obscured the historical process that made them the vocabulary of modern international relations.

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