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Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876–1945

Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876–1945 Book Reviews Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876-1945 by Jun Uchida. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2011. 481 pp. Halftones. Maps. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $49 .95 (hardcover) In most postliberation writing on the colonial period, the dominant narrative has pitted an omnipotent Government-General against oppressed Koreans, the latter described either in collaboration or resistance with the former, although some more recent studies have made room for a "grey zone" lying somewhere between these politicized antinomies and have acknowledged that the colonial state struggled to establish a workable hegemony over its multiethnic subjects. With Jun Uchida's well-researched study on the interstitial position of Japanese settlers in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Korea, the story can no longer remain nearly so simple, nor can the methods scholars use to study this controversial era. Building on Carter Eckert's Off.sp ring of Empire (1 991 ), Peter Duus's The Ab acus and the Sword (199 5), and other texts in postcolonial studies, Uchida's history offers a wide-ranging treatment of the Japanese population that first flocked to the peninsula as part of Korea's annexation and subsequently put down their roots as a privileged, if precarious, group of colonizing expatriates. As the book's http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Studies Duke University Press

Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876–1945

Journal of Korean Studies , Volume 18 (1) – Mar 13, 2013

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Copyright © 2013 by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
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0731-1613
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2158-1665
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10.1353/jks.2013.0012
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Book Reviews Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876-1945 by Jun Uchida. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2011. 481 pp. Halftones. Maps. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $49 .95 (hardcover) In most postliberation writing on the colonial period, the dominant narrative has pitted an omnipotent Government-General against oppressed Koreans, the latter described either in collaboration or resistance with the former, although some more recent studies have made room for a "grey zone" lying somewhere between these politicized antinomies and have acknowledged that the colonial state struggled to establish a workable hegemony over its multiethnic subjects. With Jun Uchida's well-researched study on the interstitial position of Japanese settlers in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Korea, the story can no longer remain nearly so simple, nor can the methods scholars use to study this controversial era. Building on Carter Eckert's Off.sp ring of Empire (1 991 ), Peter Duus's The Ab acus and the Sword (199 5), and other texts in postcolonial studies, Uchida's history offers a wide-ranging treatment of the Japanese population that first flocked to the peninsula as part of Korea's annexation and subsequently put down their roots as a privileged, if precarious, group of colonizing expatriates. As the book's

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Journal of Korean StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 13, 2013

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