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Japanese Imperialism 1894–1945

W. G. Beasley


This is a study of the origins and nature of Japanese imperialism, from the Sino-Japanese war of 1894–5 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 the author'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 t ... More

Keywords: Japanese imperialism, industrial economy, empire, development, expansion, destruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198221685
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. G. Beasley, author
University of London, Honorary Member of the Japan Academy, Fellow of the British Academy