Korea’s modernization through English in the 1880s
In the early 1880s, Joseon Korea realized that it could no longer maintain its self-
imposed isolation and began making preparations for its impending opening to the West. Part of these preparations was to have officials learn Western languages, especially English.
In February 1881, a group of 62 officials and students were secretly sent to Japan for the purported purpose of studying Japan’s customs and foreign trade.
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