Angus Hamilton was a British journalist who reported for a number of newspapers and journals between 1894 and 1912. Among the events he covered were the Boer War in South Africa, the Boxer uprising in China, and the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05. He spent several months in Korea as the Far East correspondent of the Pall Mall Gazette and produced this book on the basis of his observations. Korea was at the time little known in the West, and Hamilton’s book contained much information about the country’s economy, international trade, and the activities of the major foreign powers then vying for economic and political influence in Korea. Among the information provided was, in Appendix I, the timetable for travel by rail from Port Arthur (present-day Dalian, China) to Moscow. The total travel time was given as 13 days, 2 hours, and 42 minutes. Other appendices dealt with Korea’s shipping, exports and imports, coastal trade, customs revenues, and the export of gold. Hamilton was writing on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War, and he devoted his introductory chapter to the political crisis then unfolding between Russia and Japan, the question of whether it would lead to war, and what effect a possible war would have on Korea.

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Charles Scribner's Sons


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xliii, 313 pages, frontispiece, plates, fold-out map. 21 centimeters

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