The Making Of Japanese Manchuria, 1904-1932

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Overview

In this history of Japanese involvement in northeast China, the author argues that Japan's military seizure of Manchuria in September 1931 was founded on three decades of infiltration of the area. This incremental empire-building and its effect on Japan are the focuses of this book.

The principal agency in the piecemeal growth of Japanese colonization was the South Manchurian Railway Company, and by the mid-1920s Japan had a deeply entrenched presence in Manchuria and exercised a dominant economic and political influence over the area. Japanese colonial expansion in Manchuria also loomed large in Japanese politics, military policy, economic development, and foreign relations and deeply influenced many aspects of Japan's interwar history.

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Lurking behind the deceptively specialist title of this monograph lies an important and engaging book...In the described historical events, Japan found itself pulled deeper and deeper into a quagmire that led to a disastrous war. Matsusaka uses a chronological approach to examine the roles of the Foreign Ministry, the Army, and the South Manchuria Railway. The result casts great light on a crucial phase of Japanese imperial history while at the same time enthralling the reader with a tale to compete with a good novel.
— R. B. Lyman Jr.

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Lurking behind the deceptively specialist title of this monograph lies an important and engaging book...In the described historical events, Japan found itself pulled deeper and deeper into a quagmire that led to a disastrous war. Matsusaka uses a chronological approach to examine the roles of the Foreign Ministry, the Army, and the South Manchuria Railway. The result casts great light on a crucial phase of Japanese imperial history while at the same time enthralling the reader with a tale to compete with a good novel.
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Lurking behind the deceptively specialist title of this monograph lies an important and engaging book...In the described historical events, Japan found itself pulled deeper and deeper into a quagmire that led to a disastrous war. Matsusaka uses a chronological approach to examine the roles of the Foreign Ministry, the Army, and the South Manchuria Railway. The result casts great light on a crucial phase of Japanese imperial history while at the same time enthralling the reader with a tale to compete with a good novel.
— R. B. Lyman Jr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674012066
  • Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center, Publiications PRG
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs Series , #196
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 1,404,257
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Yoshihisa Tak Matsusaka is Associate Professor of History at Wellesley College.
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Table of Contents

Maps and Tables
Romanization and Railway Nomenclature
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 War, Opportunity, and Empire, 1904-1905 17
2 The Trojan Horse, 1905-1907 60
3 Managing Manchuria, 1907-1911 103
4 The Chinese Revolution, the Taisho Political Crisis, and the Debate over Manchuria, 1911-1914 149
5 Imperialist Adaptations, 1914-1918 186
6 The Politics of Imperialist Compromise, 1918-1922 227
7 The New Diplomacy and the New Imperialism, 1921-1925 267
8 Troubled Partnership, 1926-1928 312
9 The Sino-Japanese Railway War and the Manchurian Crisis, 1928-1931 349
App. A Selected SMR Statistics 411
App. B Population Statistics, Japanese Manchuria 414
Notes 419
Works Cited 481
Glossary of Chinese Place-names 507
Index 511
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