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Views of Japanese Militarism in the Thirties From Western Sources

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Title: Views of Japanese Militarism in the Thirties From Western Sources
Authors: Moore, Christina
Issue Date: 26 Sep 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: The first Asian nation to modernize, Japan, within little more than a half century after the advent of the process, embarked on a program of expansion across Asia and the Pacific. Before World War I, Japan’s territorial possessions included Korea, the Kurile Islands, the Ryukyu Islands, Formosa, the Pescadores Islands, Southern Saklin, and leases over the Liaotung Peninsula and the South Manchurian Railway. After World War I, Japan acquired mandates over the Caroline, Marshall, and Marianas Islands and increased rights over the South Manchurian Railway and the area adjacent to it. This expansionism between the two World Wars occurred simultaneously with increasing military influence in government. The process as a whole, which eventually led to the Pacific War, can be called Japanese militarism. Western authors have attempted to explain this phenomenon using various sources, approaches, and attitudes. This study explores several of their works in an attempt to analyze their differences and similarities. Eight works have been used in this study. Three were written before and during World War II. These are Hugh Byas’ Government By Assassination, Hillis Lory’s Japan’s Military Masters, and John Maki’s Japanese Militarism, Its Cause and Cure. Two works were written shortly after the war. These are Richard Storry’s Double Patriots and Yale Maxon’s Control of Japanese Foreign Policy. Three works have been written quite recently. These are Sadako Ogata’s Defiance in Manchuria, Takehiko Yoshihashi’s Conspiracy at Mukden, and Alvin Coox’s Year of the Tiger.
Pages/Duration: 66 pages
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