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The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825–1995$
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Chushichi Tsuzuki

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205890.001.0001

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The Undeclared War Against China

The Undeclared War Against China

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The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825–1995


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This chapter begins by introducing Japan's imperialist expansion in China. It considers ‘responsible’ imperialism and Shidehara diplomacy, Tanaka Giichi and the Shantung expeditions, the murder of Chang Tso-lin, and Shidehara diplomacy in 1930. The Manchurian incident (September 1931) and Ishihara Kanji are also looked at. The chapter then explores the establishment of ‘Manchukuo’ to the China incident of July 1937. Next, the development of the war and the Nanking massacre are examined. In spite of the appearance of a victorious war, the Japanese army was able to control only major cities and railroad-lines, and its authority failed to penetrate the interior of the area. Finally, the chapter describes Prince Konoe as prime minister.

Keywords:   Japan, China, imperialism, Shidehara diplomacy, Tanaka Giichi, Chang Tso-lin, Ishihara Kanji, Prince Konoe, Shantung, war

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