The Case of Korea; A Collection of Evidence on the Japanese Domination of Korea, and on the Development of the Korean Inependence Movement by Henry Chung

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The Case of Korea; A Collection of Evidence on the Japanese Domination of Korea, and on the Development of the Korean Inependence Movement

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... THE MOVEMENT TO RESTORE INDEPENDENCE APAN, in a true sense, has never conquered Korea, and the Korean people have never recog nized the Japanese as the rightful masters of their land. After entering the country with its military forces at the beginning of the Russo-Japanese War on terms definitely guaranteeing the political independence and territorial integrity of Korea, Japan remained, gradually shifting her position, through pressure of this military occupation thus peaceably obtained in the first instance, from that of a friendly neighbour to adviser, from advisership to protectorate and from protectorate to final annexation. Through the most elaborate system of publicity propaganda and diplomatic manoeuvres, Japan created an impression in the West that she was absorbing Korea for the benefit of the Korean people. Simultaneously, military suppression of the most rigid character was employed in Korea to crush the nationalistic movement of the Koreans. The Korean people did not all submit to Japanese domination so peaceably as the West had supposed. When the Korean army was disbanded in July, 1907, the soldiers of Major Pak's battalion fought and died to the last man against the overwhelming Japanese forces. "Their gallant defense excited the greatest admiration even among their enemies, and it was notable that for a few days, at least, the Japanese spoke with more respect of Korea and the Korean people than they had ever done before."1 Thousands of Koreans organized into volunteer bands to fight, without arms, the Japanese army. They were described in the Japanese press dispatches as bandits. But they Avere no more bandits than were Washington's Continental Army or Garibaldi's Volunteers. In so far as I know, F. A. McKenzie is the...

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