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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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Intervention in Korea, 1894–1895

Intervention in Korea, 1894–1895

(p.41) 4 Intervention in Korea, 1894–1895
Japanese Imperialism 1894–1945

W. G. Beasley

Oxford University Press

Some of the early disputes between China and the maritime powers, from which the treaty system had emerged, arose from Chinese attempts to impose elements of this tribute system on Western diplomats and merchants. They were rejected with indignation. Instead, China itself was brought within a diplomatic structure based on Western law. The change did not apply to China's relations with other countries in East Asia; but as the latter were increasingly subsumed within the West's formal or informal empires, their role in China's traditional world order crumbled away. There was one exception: Korea. The ‘hermit kingdom’ maintained its aloofness longer than any other part of the region. Indeed, it was Japan, not the West, that changed this situation. In doing so, Japan entered upon the road to imperialism in a manner quite different from that which its recent experience might have led one to expect.

Keywords:   Sino-Japanese War, Japanese policy, imperialism, China

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