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Hatada Takashi’s Studies of Korean History in “Postwar” Japan

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2017, 74(4), pp.441-474
  • DOI : 10.17326/jhsnu.74.4.201711.441
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : October 18, 2017
  • Accepted : November 1, 2017
  • Published : November 30, 2017

Park junhyung 1

1서울시립대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This article reviews Hatada Takashi’s studies of Korean history in the context of “Postwar” Japan. His first book Korean History, was published in 1951, when the Korean Peninsula was embroiled in war. In his book, Hatada criticized studies on Korean history from the “Prewar” era for not considering “human presence,” and insisted on a new historical description centered on the Korean Nation. He urged the “Postwar” Japanese society that forgot about Japan’s colonial responsibility to acknowledge its victims beyond national borders. Furthermore, Hatada revealed the relationship between academia and power, and questioned if academics can exist apart from reality. Because the scholars of the “Prewar” era abandoned their thoughts for the goal of protecting academic purity, which only nurtured an irresponsible attitude that could combine with any form of power. Finally, Hatada asserted unification between thought and academics, and attempted to raise social responsibility among scholars by bringing them back to reality. Although Hatada’s studies were not only confused with exclusive nationalism, but also suspected of expressing empathy with Korean people, his thought process above will enable a revaluation of his studies.

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