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The Sorrow of Losing One’s Country

Japan’s forced annexation of Joseon in 1910 marked the end of the 519-year rule of the dynasty of Joseon. The fact that the nation’s history became severed was more tragic than the collapse of Joseon Dynasty itself. After the Japanses enforced the military annexation of Joseon, they began to oppress the Korean people and exploit Korea’s economic resources. However, Japan’s cruel colonial rule was soon confronted with strong resistance by the Korean people (March 1st Movement). The base for independence movements against Japanse imperialism moved from Korea to Manchuria and activists continued on with their armed struggle to regain the homeland. Japan ultimately started a war against the rest of the world (World War II). Japanese exploitation and their barbaric treatment of the Korean people worsened. The rest of the world kept exerting pressure on Japan to end their atrocities. Consequently, Japan became the only nation in history to be nearly annihilated by two atomic bombs and Korea finally regained its independence.

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1910년 조선을 강제로 합병함으로써 조선은 건국한 지 519년 만에 망하고 말았다. 조선의 멸망보다는 민족의 역사가 단절된다는 사실이 더욱 비극이었다. 일본은 조선을 무력으로 강제 병합한 후, 한국인을 탄압하고 경제적으로 착취를 하였다. 그러나 곧 한국인의 저항에 부닺혔다 (3•1운동). 독립 운동의 근거지를 중국으로 옮겨 계속하였으며, 무장 투쟁도 함께 하였다. 일본은 결국 세계를 상대로 전쟁을 벌였다(제2차 세계대전). 그들의 한국인에 대한 착취와 야만적 행위는 극에 달했다. 세계는 일본을 압박하였다. 결국, 일본은 세계 역사상 우너자 폭탄을 두 번이나 맞으며 엄청난 피해를 당하고 망하였다. 한국은 광복을 찾았다.

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1 Japanese Imperialist Rule
2 Independence Movements Continue On
3 Yu Gwan Soon - Student Martyr
4 Declaration of Independence

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