Offspring of Empire
432 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
22 illustrations, 4 maps
Release Date:01 Apr 2014

Offspring of Empire

Koch’ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, 1876-1945

University of Washington Press
According to conventional interpretations, the Japanese annexation of Korea in 1910 destroyed a budding native capitalist economy on the peninsula and blocked the development of a Korean capitalist class until 1945. In this expansive and provocative study, now available in paperback, Carter J. Eckert challenges the standard view and argues that Japanese imperialism, while politically oppressive, was also the catalyst and cradle of modern Korean industrial development. Ancient ties to China were replaced by new ones to Japan - ties that have continued to shape the South Korean political economy down to the present day.
RELATED TOPICS: Asian Studies, History
Carter J. Eckert is Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History at Harvard University.
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