Reading George Kennan’s reports of Korea in 1905

I’m reading reports on “The Outlook” by George Kennan in 1905. You can read them online. I’ve just finished skimming and it seems they’re very very interesting.

1905 is the year which Korea became a protectorate of Imperial Japan and 5 years before Korea was annexed by Japan.

Korea: A Degenerate State by George Kennan
The Outlook, October 7, 1905, pp. 307-314

The Korean People: The Product of a Decayed Civilization by George Kennan
The Outlook, October 21, 1905, pp. 409-415

The Japanese in Korea by George Kennan
The Outlook, November 11, 1905, pp. 609-615

What Japan Has Done in Korea by George Kennan
The Outlook, November 18, 1905, pp. 669-672

He describes Korea as a hopelessly corrupted and rotted country. He also criticizes about the errors in judgments and failures of the Japanese authorities while admitting its intention is good.

It is more interesting if you read Korea and her neighbors which was published in 1898 beforehand. You can read my excerpts. And of course, I recommend you to read Datsu-A Ron witch was written in 1885 as well in order to get better picture.

 

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