The Impact of the Russo-Japanese War

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Rotem Kowner
Routledge, Nov 23, 2006 - History - 368 pages
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The Russo-Japanese War was the major conflict of the earliest decade of the twentieth century. The struggle for mastery in northeast Asia, specifically for control of Korea, was watched at the time very closely by observers from many other countries keen to draw lessons about the conduct of war in the modern industrial age. The defeat of a traditional European power by a non-white, non-western nation became a model for imitation and admiration among people under, or threatened with, colonial rule.

Examining the wide impact of the war and exploring the effect on the political balance in northeast Asia, this book focuses on the reactions in Europe, the United States, East Asia and the wider colonial world, considering the impact on different sections of society, on political and cultural ideas and ideologies, and on various national independence movements.


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The impact of the RussoJapanese War in a global perspective
The belligerents
Europe and the United States
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About the author (2006)

Rotem Kowner is Professor of Japanese History at the University of Haifa, Israel. His recent works include The Forgotten Campaign: The Russo-Japanese War and Its Legacy, Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War, and the edited collection Rethinking the Russo-Japanese War: Centennial Perspectives.

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