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Japan's Imperial Diplomacy
     

Japan's Imperial Diplomacy

by B. J. Brooks
 
In November 1937, Ishii Itaro, head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Bureau of Asiatic Affairs, reflected bitterly on the decline of the ministry's influence in China and his own long and debilitating struggle to guide China policy. Ishii was the most notable member of a group of middle-level diplomats who, having served in China, strongly advocated that Japan

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In November 1937, Ishii Itaro, head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Bureau of Asiatic Affairs, reflected bitterly on the decline of the ministry's influence in China and his own long and debilitating struggle to guide China policy. Ishii was the most notable member of a group of middle-level diplomats who, having served in China, strongly advocated that Japan adopt policies in harmony with China's rising nationalism and national interests. Japan's Imperial Diplomacy profiles this distinct strain of "China service diplomat," while providing a comprehensive look at the institutional history and internaldynamics of the Japanese Foreign Ministry and its handling of China affairs in the years leading up to and through World War II.

Moving from a thorough examination of a wide range of primary sources, including the extensive archives of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, memoirs, diaries, and unpublished speeches, Japan's Imperial Diplomacy offers integrated interpretations of Japanese imperialism, diplomacy, and the bureaucratic restructuring of the 1930s that were fundamental to Japan's version of fascism and the move toward war. Specialists of China, Japan, comparative colonialism, and World War II diplomacy will find this well-conceived and carefully researched and organized work of first-rate importance to the understanding of modern Japanese history in general and Japanese imperialism in particular.

"Barbara Brooks has written a highly original study of Japanese policy toward China before the war. This good diplomatic history with the addition of a great deal of social history, making it unique among studies of modern Japanese foreign affairs." --Akira Iriye, Harvard University

"An excellent study of Japan's prewar foreign ministry, especially the Chinese specialists within the ministry. Carefully researched, well written, and informative, it makes a major contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century Japan, and particularly to our knowledge of the forces influencing Japan's involvement in World War II." --Richard J. Smethurst, University of Pittsburgh diplomats who, having served in China, strongly advocated that Japan adopt policies in harmony with China's rising nationalism and national interests. Japan's Imperial Diplomacy profiles this distinct strain of "China service diplomat," while providing a comprehensive look at the institutional history and internal dynamics of the Japanese Foreign Ministry and its handling of China affairs in the years leading up to and through World War II.

Moving from a thorough examination of a wide range of primary sources, including the extensive archives of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, memoirs, diaries, and unpublished speeches, Japan's Imperial Diplomacy offers integrated interpretations of Japanese imperialism, diplomacy, and the bureaucratic restructuring of the 1930s that were fundamental to Japan's version of fascism and the move toward war. Specialists of China, Japan, comparative colonialism, and World War II diplomacy will find this well-conceived and carefully researched and organized work of first-rate importance to the understanding of modern Japanese history in general and Japanese imperialism in particular.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824823252
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
07/01/2000
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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