War and National Reinvention: Japan in the Great War, 1914-1919 by Frederick R. Dickinson, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
War and National Reinvention: Japan in the Great War, 1914-1919

War and National Reinvention: Japan in the Great War, 1914-1919

by Frederick R. Dickinson
     
 

For Japan, as one of the victorious allies, World War I meant territorial gains in China and the Pacific. At the end of the war, however, Japan discovered that in modeling itself on imperial Germany since the nineteenth century, it had perhaps been imitating the wrong national example. Japanese policy debates during World War I, particularly the clash between

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For Japan, as one of the victorious allies, World War I meant territorial gains in China and the Pacific. At the end of the war, however, Japan discovered that in modeling itself on imperial Germany since the nineteenth century, it had perhaps been imitating the wrong national example. Japanese policy debates during World War I, particularly the clash between proponents of greater democratization and those who argued for military expansion, thus became part of the ongoing discussion of national identity among Japanese elites. This study links two sets of concerns--the focus of recent studies of the nation on language, culture, education, and race; and the emphasis of diplomatic history on international developments--to show how political, diplomatic, and cultural concerns work together to shape national identity.

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Basing his work on extensive archival research, Dickinson provides a new reading of the complex debates about Japan's diplomatic relations that took place during the critical WWI years.
— W. D. Kinzley

Choice - W. D. Kinzley
Basing his work on extensive archival research, Dickinson provides a new reading of the complex debates about Japan's diplomatic relations that took place during the critical WWI years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674005075
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Harvard East Asian Monographs Series, #177
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Frederick R. Dickinson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

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