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 politics. It represents a missing link in the larger narrative of Japan's quest for modernity through empire and the ambivalent relationship of the Japanese with their imperial mission.
Paul E. Dunscomb is associate professor of history at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Chapter 1 Introduction: "To Demonstrate Our Power To Aid Civilization": The Meaning of Japan's Intervention in Siberia Chapter 2 1. "A Delicious Stew": Entropy and Plurality in Japanese Politics, 1890-1917 Chapter 3 2. "There is No Reason Not to Oppose It": Debating Intervention, December 1917- June 1918 Chapter 4 3. "The Seiyukai Will Greatly Contribute to the Fate of the Empire": Intervention and the Rise of the Hara Cabinet, July-November 1918 Chapter 5 4. "International Democracy Cannot Exist in Opposition to Democracy at Home": The Rise and Fall of "Allied" Intervention November 1918-December 1919 Chapter 6 5. "The Army Minister's Head Must be Placed on the Chopping Block First": The Transition to Unilateral Intervention, January-August 1920 Chapter 7 6. "Indefinitely Stationing Troops is Harmful and Unproductive": Towards Withdrawal "In Principle," September 1920-May 1921 Chapter 8 7. "Oh, Meaningless Intervention!": A Year of Drift, June 1921-June 1922 Chapter 9 8. "Who Must Take Responsibility For This Crime?": Withdrawal and Reckoning the Costs of Intervention, June-November 1922 Chapter 10 Afterword: "A Situation In Which We Can Only Come Out Losers": The Siberian Intervention and the Evolution of Imperial Japan