Korea, Its History, Its People, and Its Commerce

Korea, Its History, Its People, and Its Commerce

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...China annexed the strip of country, some forty miles in width, that had served for many years as a neutral zone between her territory and that of Korea, and which had remained uncultivated and become the haunt of bandits, whom she had cleared out in 1875 by sending troops across the border, and a gunboat up the Ya-lu to destroy their strongholds. China's frontier now extended to the Ya-lu, and became conterminous with thatlof Korea. Towards the end of the same year, 1875, a party of Japanese sailors landing for water had been fired on by Koreans, and some thirty of them took reprisals by storming a fort and killing its defenders. Japan decided to adopt strong measures in retaliation for this outrage, and sent a naval expedition to obtain redress, after securing China's neutrality. Impressed by a display of its strength, the Koreans agreed, on February 27, 1876, to sign a treaty opening Fusan to Japanese trade. The lead given by Japan was soon followed by other nations, and within the next few years most of the European states had also concluded treaties with Korea, and additional ports were opened to trade. But the resources of the country proved poor, and little trade passed through the hands of Europeans. The Chinese and Japanese, however, each retained their hold on Korea, the former supporting Conservative methods, whilst the latter encouraged a Progressive party which had arisen, and which wished to introduce into Korea foreign customs and learning. This position of affairs was brought to a head in 1882 by the ex-Regent intriguing to drive the Japanese out by violence. A Japanese officer, engaged to drill Korean troops, and seven others were murdered, whilst the Japanese Legation was sacked, and the Minister and his guard...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872193
  • 9781236872197