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mperialism Paradigm in Takeki Owada’s World Changga of Geography Education

Kyungsoo Park 1

1전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

Owada’s World Changga of Geography Education(1900.10) was found to have focused more on the Japanese government’s internal and external policy directions than on the educational level of world geography. This is seen to be “Enlightening for Civilization and Modernization” and “National Edification Aimed at Advanced Empires,” with an emphasis on Western powers represented by the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and Russia. It presented a vision for growth and development as Western powers have for their citizens (especially teenagers), as an epic focusing on the development of scientific civilization. Owada was indeed a literary scholar faithful to the “social role of the literary man” according to the national policies of the time. His Changga were widely spread among students and the general public, and greatly influenced the formation of the modern Japanese spirit. The World Changga of Geography Education which enabled people to imagine and virtually experience the unknown world, and advertised the Japanese government’s foreign policies by suggesting a paradigm of Japanese imperialism. This was the way literary scholar Owada enlightened his own people.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.