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Japan's Siberian intervention, 1918-1922 : "a great disobedience against the people"

Author: Paul E Dunscomb
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2011.
Series: New studies of modern Japan.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The fifty months of the Siberian Intervention encompass the existential crisis which affected Japanese at virtually all levels when confronted with the new "world situation" left in the wake of the First World War. From elite politicians and military professionals, to public intellectuals and the families of servicemen in small garrison towns, the intervention was perceived as a test of how Japan might fit itself  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul E Dunscomb
ISBN: 9780739146002 0739146009 9780739146019 0739146017
OCLC Number: 681481441
Description: xiii, 249 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: "To demonstrate our power to aid civilization" : the meaning of Japan's intervention in Siberia --
"A delicious stew" : entropy and plurality in Japanese politics, 1890-1917 --
"There is no reason not to oppose it" : debating intervention, December 1917-June 1918 --
"The Seiyukai will greatly contribute to the fate of the empire" : intervention and the rise of the Hara cabinet, July-November 1918 --
"International democracy cannot exist in opposition to democracy at home" : the rise and fall of "Allied" intervention, November 1918-December 1919 --
"The Army minister's head must be placed on the chopping block first" : the transition to unilateral intervention, January-August 1920 --
"Indefinitely stationing troops is harmful and unproductive" : towards withdrawal "in principle," September 1920-May 1921 --
"Oh, meaningless intervention!" : a year of drift, June 1921-June 1922 --
"Who must take responsibility for this crime" : withdrawal and reckoning the costs of intervention, June-November 1922 --
Conclusion: "A situation in which we can only come out losers" : the Siberian intervention and the evolution of imperial Japan.
Series Title: New studies of modern Japan.
Responsibility: Paul E. Dunscomb.


The first complete narrative of Japan's Siberian Intervention in either Japanese or English placing the intervention in the context of the evolution of Japanese imperialism and of its domestic  Read more...
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Paul Dunscomb fills a major historical lacuna, explaining in clear, persuasive prose the nature of Japan's incursion into Siberia late in World War I and the complex issues that have so long baffled Read more...

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