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.
List of maps; List of tables; Note on personal names, place-names, transliteration, and abbreviations; Introduction: explanations of imperialism; The treaty port system and Japan; Modernization and imperialism; Intervention in Korea, 1894-1895; The peace settlement with China, 1894-1896; New imperialism and the war with Russia, 1895-1905; Formal and informal empire in North-east Asia, 1905-1910; Chinese revolution and world war; Overseas trade and investment, 1895-1930; Japan's territorial dependencies, 1895-1930; The treaty port system in jeopardy, 1918-1931; The making of Manchuko, 1931-1932; Japan's new order in north-east Asia; Advance to the south; The greater east Asia co-prosperity sphere; Conclusion: the nature of Japanese imperialism; Bibliography; Index