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Japanese Imperialism, 1894-1945 (Clarendon Paperbacks) [Kindle Edition]

W. G. Beasley
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This is a study of the origins and nature of Japanese imperialism from the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-1895 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 Professor Beasley'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 the twentieth century. Professor Beasley has provided a much-needed scholarly investigation into its development, expansion, and eventual destruction.

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`exemplary clarity ... a very valuable book ... it fills a serious gap in the literature in English and will be invaluable to teachers and students of modern international relations.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

`Professor Beasley demonstrates his skill in assessing a wide variety of evidence and in formulating a crisp synthesis ... an admirably lucid account ... and essential reading for those concerned with the evolution of Japan since 1868 and with international relations in East and South-East Asia in the first half of the twentieth century.' Times Higher Education Supplement

`An impressively detailed, wide-ranging and lucid account of the evolution of Japanese imperialism.'Asian Affairs

`A careful, judicious, and well-organized synthesis ... There is no other book in English that provides what this one does, a compact and readable account of the history of Japanese imperialism. It will remain the standard single-volume work on the subject for some time to come.' Journal of Japanese Studies

`W. G. Beasley's fascinating, lucid, and brilliant account ... provides the best balanced explanation ever written about the complex factors that together pushed Japan to impose its power on its neighbours.' Journal of Asian Studies

About the Author

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4006 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press (5 Mar. 1987)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very informative read! 25 Sept. 2008
I have read many books on the Japanese Empire but this is by far the best. It is easy to read and rich in both fact and detail. The book explains just how the Japanese 'Co-Prosperity Sphere' functioned and how Japanese military ambition affected Tokyo's relations with other countries. At times the book is a little dry, almost too academic. Despite this, a very interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent survey of Japanese imperialism -- and much more 29 Sept. 2001
By W. D ONEIL - Published on
There's more to this book than its title might suggest. In little more than 250 pages, Beasley has managed a remarkably clear overview of the development of Japan's entire external policy from the beginning of the 19th century to the end of the Second World War. In the process, he pays careful attention to the internal political and economic dynamics that propelled policy, and thus lays out a great deal of the story of the development of modern Japan up through 1945. While always making his own views (and the bases for them) quite clear, he gives alternative interpretations their due. Although more recent work has extended the story in certain respects (e.g., Frederick R. Dickinson's fine War and National Reinvention), Beasley's work still stands the test of time. Remarkably, for a so brief a book treating so broad a topic, Beasley manages to organize and present his story in a way that should be easy to follow even for those who do not have much background in Japanese history. An especially good book, strongly recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable contribution to an often neglected topic 21 Oct. 2001
By Matt Davis - Published on
Beasley does a superb job of explaining the multi-faceted nature of Japanese modernization and empire-buliding from the Meji Restoration to the Pacific War. He discusses the creation of an intellectual justification for expansion as the liberation of asian peoples from european colonialism, while exploring the changes in the Japanese elite's perceptions of its political goals, economic exploitation, and national security requirements. Neither an apology for not a treatise against this phenomenon, the author focuses on some much neglected issues while not being distracted by dwelling on Japanese "culture" as an explanation for everything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, Terribly Bound, Ridiculously Priced 18 Feb. 2010
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This is an excellent examination of the history of Japanese imperialism in East Asia -- a book more for someone with a basic understanding of the history who wants more depth. Beasley writes well for an academic historian; there is no trendy jargon or dubious syntax. Unfortunately, Oxford has yet again published something utterly shoddy. This book -- the paperback -- costs over $60, but the spine was put together in such a poor way that the pages did not take long to start falling out. For a paperback priced so exorbitantly, this is outrageous.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Japan's annexation of Korea. Beasley's book is both a fair assessment and a timely read if you want to better understand what happened and why. If you can get it from a library or read it on kindle, by all means read it. It's worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great analysis of the events that paved the path which ... 8 Nov. 2014
By Eric O Montague - Published on
Great analysis of the events that paved the path which Japan and other countries were going down that lead to their involvement in WWII in the Pacific
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Japanese Imperialism 8 April 1998
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Beasley is really trying to say something to the academic world about imperialism but one would hardly notice it in a book which gives a careful overview of the history of Japanese imperialism in Asia. He covers most of the main issues objectively and interestingly, especially when it comes to setting up the background in which Japanese imperialsim developed.
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