Japanese Colonialism and Capitalism in 20th Century Korea Introduction South Korea’s economic success in the second half of the 20th century has inspired very different assessments of the influence of Japanese colonialism that spanned from August 22, 1910 till Japan’s defeat in World War II of August 15, 1945. Japan’s designs upon Korea in awareness of its economic potential dated from the 1870s. In the end, what two generations of Koreans knew as an ordeal of coercion and loss has been an enduring story within the Republic of South Korea’s national culture. This paper explains why Koreans still object to Japanese revisionism suggesting that Japan’s long administration should be a topic of Korean gratitude. Koreans tend to attribute their...The end:
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