Pages 265-286 – Yunhee Kim – ‘Pro-Japanese Economic Alliance Theories during the Period of the Taehan Empire’

The Sino-Japanese War of 1894–5 brought about the official end of Korea’s status as a vassal of China. Thereafter, the Chosŏn government began increasingly to assert its independence from China. The abolition of the traditional yŏnho system (under which a year was dated by reference to the corresponding year of the reigning Chinese emperor) in…

Pages 211-231 – Vladimir Tikhonov – ‘Fascinating and Dangerous- Japan in Korea’s Enlightenment Thought in the 1900s’

Historical introduction: Meiji Japan and Korean reformists, 1881–1905 Throughout the troubled history of Korea’s post-traditional transformation, Japan has served as an important reference point from the very beginnings of Korea’s opening to the West up to the present. However diverse the meanings which ‘Japan’ as a semantic unit could be charged with, it always played…