This is a study of the origins and nature of Japanese imperialism from the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-1895 through to 1945. Japan is the only Asian country in modern times to have built both a successful industrial economy and an empire, and it is Professor Beasley's contention that these two phenomena are closely related. Japan's aims were influenced by its experience of western imperialism and its own growing industrialization, but as external circumstances changed and Japan's capacity grew, so did its needs and ambitions. The creation of the Japanese empire is one of the most remarkable exploits of the twentieth century. Professor Beasley has provided a much-needed scholarly investigation into its development, expansion, and eventual destruction.
`exemplary clarity ... a very valuable book ... it fills a serious gap in the literature in English and will be invaluable to teachers and students of modern international relations.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies `Professor Beasley demonstrates his skill in assessing a wide variety of evidence and in formulating a crisp synthesis ... an admirably lucid account ... and essential reading for those concerned with the evolution of Japan since 1868 and with international relations in East and South-East Asia in the first half of the twentieth century.' Times Higher Education Supplement `An impressively detailed, wide-ranging and lucid account of the evolution of Japanese imperialism.' Asian Affairs `A careful, judicious, and well-organized synthesis ... There is no other book in English that provides what this one does, a compact and readable account of the history of Japanese imperialism. It will remain the standard single-volume work on the subject for some time to come.' Journal of Japanese Studies `W. G. Beasley's fascinating, lucid, and brilliant account ... provides the best balanced explanation ever written about the complex factors that together pushed Japan to impose its power on its neighbours.' Journal of Asian Studies
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 4th April 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.51 x 13.56 x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.4