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Seeds of Control

Japan's Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea

By David Fedman
Foreword by Paul S. Sutter, Series edited by Paul S. Sutter
Japanese colonial rule in Korea (1905–1945) ushered in natural resource management programs that profoundly altered access to and ownership of the peninsula's extensive mountains and forests. Under the banner of "forest love," the colonial government set out to restructure the rhythms and routines of agrarian life, targeting everything from home heating to food preparation. Timber industrialists, meanwhile, channeled Korea's forest resources into supply chains that grew in tandem with Japan's imperial sphere. These mechanisms of resource control were only fortified after 1937, when the peninsula and its forests were mobilized for total war.

In this wide-ranging study David Fedman explores Japanese imperialism through the lens of forest conservation in colonial Korea—a project of environmental rule that outlived the empire itself. Holding up for scrutiny the notion of conservation, Seeds of Control examines the roots of Japanese ideas about the Korean landscape, as well as the consequences and aftermath of Japanese approaches to Korea's "greenification." Drawing from sources in Japanese and Korean, Fedman writes colonized lands into Japanese environmental history, revealing a largely untold story of green imperialism in Asia.

About the Authors

David Fedman is assistant professor of history at the University of California, Irvine.

Endorsements

"Dexterous, skillful work—essential reading on the Japanese empire, environmental history in East Asia, and the modern history of Korea and Japan."—Aaron S. Moore, author of Constructing East Asia: Technology, Ideology, and Empire in Japan's Wartime Era 1931–1945

"The author does a splendid job of pulling in readers through his rich writing. Even though it is set in Korea and East Asia, Seeds of Control is a platform for studying pressing issues in environmental history/studies."—Albert L. Park, author of Building a Heaven on Earth: Religion, Activism, and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea

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