Colonial-period Korea

November 21, 2011 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

Our new resource Colonial-period Korea is a collection of scanned publications from Korea’s colonial period (1876-1945), which includes almost 300 works: more than 62,000 pages in Japanese, 18,000 pages of Western (in most cases English) early impressions of Korea, and Korean texts (16,000 pages).

The Colonial-period Koreacollection (Brill) can be devided into the three following groups:

  • Japanese publications on Korea;
  • Western (mostly English) works on Korea;
  • Korean colonial-period literature

All sources, some of them exeptionally rare, are scanned from the C.V. Starr East Asian Library of Columbia University, New York.
Japanese publications: During the period of Japanese rule, a substantial body of Japanese publications on Korea were written by Japanese in Korea. These works are about art and archaeology, sciences, education, history, religion, rural conditions and much more; a large number is about Japan’s involvement with Korea.
Western-language publications : after the opening up of Korea in 1876, Westerners traveled to Korea for the first time. The earliest accounts on Korea by Westerners can be found in this collection, many of them travelogues.
Korean colonial-period literature: in this period, resistance against Japanese grew in Korea, resulting in resistance literature against Japan, written in Korean. The C.V. Starr East Asian Library’s unique collection of Korean classical novels, printed in old printing type are in this database in the original text. Many popular works dealing with the classics were published in many different versions, some of which written in a very old form of the Korean language.

All books can be viewed online in an online PDF reader, or can be downloaded in a zip-file for offline use; then the book will be unzipped in separate PDF files, one for each page.

Read more about the contents of this database here.

[picture source: Old-koreaphotos]

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