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W. G. Beasley

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198221685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221685.001.0001

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The Treaty Port System in Jeopardy, 1918–1931

The Treaty Port System in Jeopardy, 1918–1931

(p.156) 11 The Treaty Port System in Jeopardy, 1918–1931
Japanese Imperialism 1894–1945

W. G. Beasley

Oxford University Press

The First World War gave Japan both the opportunity and the financial resources to build a new relationship with China: a bilateral one, falling outside the multilateral norms of co-operative imperialism. The presumption was that earlier patterns would be reasserted, which proved to be in some respects misleading. It was no longer possible to take for granted an unqualified acceptance of the treaty port system as the framework within which relationships must be set. One prominent change related to Russia. The 1917 Revolution there had immediately posed a threat to Japan's position in Manchuria. Japan could no longer count on international concern for shared treaty rights as a support for its own ambitions. On the contrary, British and American statesmen were coming to see the treaty port system as a device for putting restraints upon Japan. A third new factor was the enhanced importance and stridency of Chinese nationalism.

Keywords:   Japan, Russian Revolution, treaty powers, Chinese nationalism, imperialism

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