EAS271H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Meiji Period, Empress Myeongseong, Donghak

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13 May 2020
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Engagement with the world and end of the traditional order end of the choson dynasty"s isolation. 1876: kanghwa treaty with meiji japan (done under chinese counsel) Korea recognizes the meiji government (and that there was another emperor beyond the. Japan trying to beat the west in their own game by signing a treaty before them . Marked the start of modern forms of commercial trade and diplomatic relations with the rest of the world. 1880s: treaties with the us, france, germany, belgium, qing (china), etc. Attempt at a reform government (only lasted 2 days) backed by japanese government but put down by the chinese. Deepening of korea"s engagement with the global capitalist modernity. Peasant uprisings & 1st sino-japanese war (treaty of shimonoseki) 1894: led by the tonghak movement in the southwestern cholla province (an agriculturally rich region - rice; but also lots of foreign presence due to the rich rice market)

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