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The Tide at Sunrise : A History of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - Peggy Warner

The Tide at Sunrise

A History of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05

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The Russo-Japanese War was fought in the waters of the Yellow Sea and the Straits of Tsushima that divide Japan from Korea, and in the mountains of Manchuria, borrowed without permission from China. It was the first war to be fought with modern weapons - from electrified barbed wire to machine-gun and the leviathan battleship. The Japanese had fought the Chinese at sea in 1894 and had gained a foothold in Manchuria by taking control of Port Authur. In 1895, however, Japan was forced to abandon its claims by the Russian fleet's presence in the Straits of Tsushima. Tsar Nicholas had obtained a window to the East for his empire and Japan had been humiliated. Tensions between the two countries would rise inexorably over the next decade. Around the world, no one doubted that little Japan would be no match for the mighty armies of Tsar Nicholas II. Yet Russia was in an advanced state of decay, the government corrupt and its troops inept and demoralized. Japan, meanwhile, was emerging from centuries of feudal isolation and becoming an industrial power, led by zealous nationalist warlords keen to lead the Orient to victory over the oppressive West. From the opening surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Authur in 1904, the Japanese out-fought and out-thought the Russians. This is a definitive account of one of the pivotal conflicts of the 20th century, whose impact was felt around the world.

'Excellent text, full of illuminating anecdotes, fluent and readable.' - Casemate

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Introduction to the Second Editionp. ix
Opening Round
The First Pearl Harborp. 3
The Momentum of Decision
Rising Sun Risingp. 23
Russia, the Boiling Potp. 56
Korea, the Cockpitp. 81
Carving Up Chinap. 99
The Wedding of the Moon and the Mud Turtlep. 126
The End of the Mangy Triumviratep. 137
And So to Warp. 154
The Early Stage
One Hundred Victories in One Hundred Battlesp. 181
"A Place of Honor in the Naval Annals"p. 196
Practical Jokep. 210
"Little Grandfather" Arrives...p. 222
...And Fightsp. 233
On to the Yalup. 246
Russia's Dayp. 270
Nanshanp. 287
The Siege Beginsp. 299
Te-li-ssu and the Motien Passp. 311
The Yellow Seap. 324
Elusive Victory
The Disastrous Frontal Assaultp. 339
Liaoyangp. 353
Nogi Fails Againp. 374
Sha-hop. 384
On the Dogger Bankp. 402
The Long, Long Trailp. 418
The Fall of Port Arthurp. 427
"The Place of Peace"p. 441
Sabotage, St. Petersburg, and San-de-pup. 449
Mukdenp. 466
Journey of the Damnedp. 481
Battle of Shadowsp. 494
Portsmouthp. 521
The Aftermath
Unfinished Businessp. 541
Acknowledgmentsp. 561
Bibliographyp. 565
Notesp. 583
Indexp. 607
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ISBN: 9780714682341
ISBN-10: 0714682349
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 628
Published: 13th May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.2  x 4.04
Weight (kg): 1.11
Edition Number: 1