Archives of the National Debt Redemption Movement

Documentary heritage submitted by the Republic of Korea and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.

© Nam Sangbum, Advanced Center for Korean Studies ,Report written by Yi Taek-ro in 1907

The Archives of the National Debt Redemption Movement is a documentary heritage chronicling the entire process and history of a nationwide campaign undertaken by the Korean public from 1907 to 1910, to help their government pay back a huge debt owed to Japan and thereby save their country from colonization. The heritage consists of a total of 2,475 documents, these handwritten documents relate to the background and beginning of the movement, the expansion of reach and influence of the movement . Also, the collection includes documents of the Japanese government (Residency-General in Korea) related to the movement  and mass media materials including newspaper and magazine articles reporting on the movement.

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