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Japanese Rule in Formosa by Yosaburo Takekoshi
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Dec 12, 2011

bookshelves: japanese-history, meiji-history, read-2011
Read from December 08 to 12, 2011

This book was published in English translation in 1907, by a London publisher with offices in New York, Bombay and Calcutta. It was written as a justification of Japanese colonialism in Taiwan and was translated by an Englishman, and as such it contains innumerable totally bananas sentences about the "great and glorious work" of colonization, and Japan's eagerness to submit "proof of her worthiness to be admitted into the community of the world's great colonial powers." I'd be curious to look at the original in Japanese, but I have a feeling the flowery language of the colonizer is not just an affection of the translator. This book is in the public domain and on google books if you don't feel like shelling out the money for the reprint.


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