Populist Collaborators: The Ilchinhoe and the Japanese Colonization of Korea, 1896-1910 by Yumi MoonPopulist Collaborators: The Ilchinhoe and the Japanese Colonization of Korea, 1896-1910 by Yumi Moon

Populist Collaborators: The Ilchinhoe and the Japanese Colonization of Korea, 1896-1910

byYumi Moon

Hardcover | July 9, 2013

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An empire invites local collaborators in the making and sustenance of its colonies. Between 1896 and 1910, Japan's project to colonize Korea was deeply intertwined with the movements of reform-minded Koreans to solve the crisis of the Choson dynasty (1392–1910). Among those reformers, it was the Ilchinhoe (Advance in Unity Society)—a unique group of reformers from various social origins—that most ardently embraced Japan's discourse of "civilizing Korea" and saw Japan’s colonization as an opportunity to advance its own "populist agendas." The Ilchinhoe members called themselves “representatives of the people” and mobilized vibrant popular movements that claimed to protect the people’s freedom, property, and lives. Neither modernist nor traditionalist, they were willing to sacrifice the sovereignty of the Korean monarchy if that would ensure the rights and equality of the people.

Both the Japanese colonizers and the Korean elites disliked the Ilchinhoe for its aggressive activism, which sought to control local tax administration and reverse the existing power relations between the people and government officials. Ultimately, the Ilchinhoe members faced visceral moral condemnation from their fellow Koreans when their language and actions resulted in nothing but assist the emergence of the Japanese colonial empire in Korea. In Populist Collaborators, Yumi Moon examines the vexed position of these Korean reformers in the final years of the Choson dynasty, and highlights the global significance of their case for revisiting the politics of local collaboration in the history of a colonial empire.

Yumi Moon is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University.
Title:Populist Collaborators: The Ilchinhoe and the Japanese Colonization of Korea, 1896-1910Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.39 inPublished:July 9, 2013Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801450411

ISBN - 13:9780801450419

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Korean Reformist Movements and the Late Chosôn State

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

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

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

Chapter 5: The Populist Contest: The Ilchinhoe's Tax Resistance, 1904–1906

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

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



Editorial Reviews

"Yumi Moon gives us a trenchant and thoughtful history of the so-called Pro-Japan faction during the early days of Japan's colonization of Korea. Deeply researched and provocatively transnational in scope, Moon's Populist Collaborators breaks down many lingering binaries and should be read and discussed as widely as possible."—Alexis Dudden, author of Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States