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Populist Collaborators: The Ilchinhoe and the Japanese Colonization of Korea, 1896-1910

Yumi Moon


An empire invites local collaborators in the making and sustenance of its colonies. Between 1896 and 1910, Japan's project to colonize Korea was deeply intertwined with the movements of reform-minded Koreans to solve the crisis of the Chosŏn dynasty (1392–1910). Among those reformers, it was the Ilchinhoe (Advance in Unity Society)—a unique group of reformers from various social origins—that most ardently embraced Japan's discourse of “civilizing Korea” and saw Japan's colonization as an opportunity to advance its own “populist agendas.” The Ilchinhoe members called themselves “representatives ... More

Keywords: Japan, Korea, Chosŏn dynasty, Ilchinhoe, reformers, colonization, colonial empire, local collaboration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450419
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yumi Moon, author
Assistant Professor of History, Stanford University