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December 5 at 12:00 noon
Lecture: "A Money Doctor from Japan: Megata Tanetaro in Korea, 1904-1907," Michael Schiltz, Kluge Fellow, at 12:00 in the Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building. [ View Webcast ]

It is by now established knowledge that Japanese colonialist policies versus Korea cannot have been motivated by economic profits. Literature on Japanese imperialism does, however, fail to address the role of a series of monetary and financial reforms the Japanese government sought to implement after the peninsula had been turned into a protectorate. This paper demonstrates how the 'Megata reform', as it came to be called, factually turned Korea into a subsidiary of the Japanese economy. It was a tool aimed at macroeconomic control; it attempted to redefine the position of Korea as one element in an holistic Japan-led Lebensraum (later referred to as the Greater East-Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere). [ View Webcast]

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