Reading “The mastery of the Far East” – the story of Korea’s transformation

The mastery of the Far East; the story of Korea’s transformation and Japan’s rise to supremacy in the Orient“, (by Arthur Judson Brown, 1856-1963) published in 1919.

He visited Korea in 1901, 1902, and 1909.

The triumph of Japan marked the beginning of a new epoch not only for Japan, but for Korea, China, and probably also for the world. It changed the whole complexion of Far Eastern politics. It gave Japan an acknowledged place among world-powers of the first rank. It seriously impaired Russian prestige everywhere. It meant the reconstruction of Korea under Japanese leadership; and it dissipated the fear that the vast populations of the Far East; numbering more than one-third of the human race, might fall under the baleful influence of Russian absolutism. I have no disposition to exalt Japan at the expense of Russia. But since Japan happened to be the nation to resist the Russian advance in the Far East^ one may call attention to the historical fact that Japan had made more real progress in five decades of contact with the Western world than Russia had made in five centuries. Japan was far from perfect, but it was better for the interests of mankind that Korea and lower Manchuria should develop under Japanese influence than under Russian.

Brown, Arthur Judson, 1856-1963. The mastery of the Far East; the story of Korea’s transformation and Japan’s rise to supremacy in the Orient (Kindle position No.2868-2872). New York, C. Scribner’s Sons.

See: the pictures of before and after.

 

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