Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876-1945

Citation:

Uchida, Jun. 2012. Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876-1945. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center.
Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876-1945

Abstract:

Brokers of Empire explores the phenomenon of Japanese settlers in Korea in more detail, and with greater nuance, than has been offered before in English. At once “pawns” and “agents” of colonial power, Japanese settlers operated as a group and as individuals between the official Japanese ruling power and the Koreans surrounding them. With an interest in Japanese power in Korea and in the metropole, they also looked to their own interests outside the official colonial state, and many prospered in Korea. Using oral and textual sources in Korean and Japanese, the book draws a portrait of these “brokers of empire,” as Uchida describes them, and their distinct yet hitherto discreet role in supporting the colonial enterprise.