For an empire, some kind of fieldwork to obtain knowledge about newly acquired territories is crucial. So it is a welcome addition to the history of science in Japan that we have this edited volume with six individual works dedicated to the relationship between fieldwork and empire. Its editor, Sakano Toru, notes that Investigating the Empire is “the first work to look into various cross-disciplinary fieldworks and their relationships to the empire” in Japan and beyond (3). This book covers fieldwork in China; Japan; Korea; Palau, in Japanese Micronesia; the Seto Inland Sea; Hokkaido; and Okinawa. The disciplines investigated include not just the obvious field sciences, such as archaeology, ethnography, geography, cultural anthropology, and marine biology, but also history and pharmacology. The time span is from the late nineteenth century to the 1960s, the last two chapters dealing with the...
Teikoku wo shiraberu: Shokuminchi fīrudowāku no kagakushi 帝国を調べる: 植民地フィールドワークの科学史 [Investigating the Empire: A History of Science of Colonial Fieldwork]
Jung Lee is an assistant professor at the Institute for the Humanities, Ewha Womans University, Seoul. She is the author of several articles, including “Invention without Science” and “Between Universalism and Regionalism.” She is preparing a book tentatively titled “Rooted Plants, Connected Modernities: Botanizing in Japanese Colonial Korea (1910–1945).”
Jung Lee; Teikoku wo shiraberu: Shokuminchi fīrudowāku no kagakushi 帝国を調べる: 植民地フィールドワークの科学史 [Investigating the Empire: A History of Science of Colonial Fieldwork]. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 September 2018; 12 (3): 349–352. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-4241609
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