Offspring of Empire
The Koch'ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, 1876-1945
Carter J. Eckert
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.
- Published: August 2015
- Subject Listing: Asian Studies / Korea; History
- Bibliographic information: 416 pp., 61 illus., 6 x 9 in.
- Series: Korean Studies of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Eckert explores a wide range of themes, including the roots of capitalist development in Korea, the origins of the modern business elite, the nature of Japanese colonial policy and the Japanese colonial state, the relationship between the colonial government and the Korean economic elite, and the nature of Korean collaboration. He conveys a clear sense of the human complexity, archival richness, and intellectual challenge of the historical period. His documentation is thorough; his arguments are compelling and often strikingly innovative.
Carter J. Eckert is Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History at Harvard University.
List of Illustrations
1. Merchants and Landlords
2. An Industrial Bourgeoisie
3. Class and State: The Financial Nexus
4. Class and State: Partners in Management
5. Between Metropole and Hinterland: The Acquisition of Raw Materials and Technology
6. Between Metropole and Hinterland: The Quest for Markets
7. "Without Any Trouble"
8. Class Over Nation
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