I’ve been reading a lot of historical witness accounts of Korea before and during the annexation written in English and French.
- Alleyne Ireland, “The New Korea”
- Charles Dallet, “History of the Church of Korea”
- George Kennan, “Korea: A Degenerate State”, “The Korean People: The Product of a Decayed Civilization”
- Hendrick Hamel, “Hamel’s Journal and a Description of the Kingdom of Korea, 1653-1666,”
- Jack London
- Isabella Lucy Bird, “Korea and her neighbors”
- George Trumbull Ladd, “In Korea with Marquis Ito (Hirobumi)”
- Arthur Judson Brown, “The mastery of the Far East” – the story of Korea’s transformation
But, of course, there are books written by Japanese at that time.
For example, we have “最近朝鮮事情“(Amazon) by statesman Arakawa Gorou published in 1906 and “朝鮮雑記“(Amazon) published in 1894. What they witness was very similar to those in “Korea and her neighbors” by Isabella Lucy Bird.
It’s very interesting that today’s Koreans try to create their fantastic story aka (“Korean history”). It is very sad that today’s “historians” and journalists blindly believe the “fantasy” as facts without reading the historical documents.