Episode 533 – At the Table or On the TAble

This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: Japan joins the ranks of the great powers by building its own colonial empire. How did Japan come to be a great colonial power, what made its empire different from the others of the age, and more importantly: what made it the same?



Iriye, Akira. “Japan’s Drive to Great Power Status” in The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol V: The Nineteenth Century

Drea, Edward. Japan’s Imperial Army: Its Rise and Fall, 1867-1945

Cummings, Bruce. Korea’s Place in the Sun

Kang, Hildi. Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945.

Caprio, Mark. Japanese Assimilation Policies in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945.

Peattie, Mark R. Nan’yo: The Rise and Fall of the Japanese in Micronesia, 1885-1945.

Shigeaki, Shiina. “Outline History of the Colonization of Hokkaido, 1870-1930.” in Migrants in Agricultural Development. Ed. J.A. Mollett.

Mason, Michele M. Dominant Narratives of Colonial Hokkaido and Imperial Japan: Envisioning the Periphery and the Modern Nation-State.


Chinese captives during the First Sino-Japanese War. The troops holding them prisoner are ethnic Koreans serving in the Imperial Army.
Japanese infantry in a Napoleonic-style firing line during the Sino-Japanese War. Meckel’s teachings emphasized orthodox, Napoleonic tactics of which the above is a good example.
The siege of Port Arthur, one of the more decisive battles of the Russo-Japanese War. Japan eventually took the port city, but at tremendous cost in soldiers. This picture shows the results of a bombardment by Japanese ships blockading the port.
Japanese cavalry troopers on forward reconnaissance during the Russo-Japanese War. Note their European-style cavalry swords. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
The Headquarters Building of Taiwan’s Government General in Taipei.
Taiwan Grand Shrine in Taibei, the largest Shinto shrine set up by the Japanese. This image was taken prior to the shrine’s destruction in WWII.
Anti-Japanese protests in Korea. Protests like these are often kicked off by Abe’s historical revisionism regarding Japanese imperialism.
In 1921, the Japanese government general remade Korea’s royal cemetery into a golf course (today’s Hyochang Park in Seoul).
The declaration of annexation which the last ruler of Joseon Korea was forced to sign in 1910.
A Micronesian public school on Palau.