Book Announcement: Kondo the Barbarian: A Japanese Adventurer and Indigenous Taiwan’s Bloodiest Uprising
Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the release of my new book, Kondo the Barbarian: A Japanese Adventurer and Indigenous Taiwan’s Bloodiest Uprising, now for sale by the publisher Camphor Press. Here is an excerpt from the publisher's description:
"Kondo the Barbarian is a gripping and revealing account of the colonial Japanese era in Taiwan, focusing on the Musha Rebellion and its brutal suppression by the Japanese military. The book presents the translated account of Kondō Katsusaburō, a Japanese adventurer who married into an indigenous Taiwanese family. Kondō’s journals offer an intimate and personal perspective on the events, though they can also be unreliable and prone to sensationalism.
To help readers navigate Kondō’s account, Barclay has provided a deeply-researched introduction, extensive notes, and context essential to understanding what really happened during the Musha Rebellion. The book sheds light on the cultural clashes and sporadic violence that characterized Taiwan during this period. Through the writing of Kondō, interpreted and contextualized by Barclay, readers gain insight into the complexities of colonialism, imperialism, and indigenous resistance."
The primary audience is undergraduate students, but I think it will interest graduate students, scholars, and a general audience as well.
Paul Barclay, Professor of History, Lafayette College