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The Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) was the first great war of the twentieth century. Advances in communications at that time made it also the most reported war in the world until then, with a flood of news stories, commentaries, analyses, essays, photograph collections, books, and even movies in dozens of languages. For many years sad and sentimental songs of the Russo-Japanese War, like In Memory of Variag and On the Hills of Manchuria, were sung in Russia, but the war itself was quickly forgotten. Even books that focused on modern Japan have increasingly attached less significance to that conflagration. Overall, the Russo-Japanese War was a momentous conflict in regional and global terms. It affected mostly the two belligerents and the Korean kingdom, but the decline of Russia and the ascent of Japan had far-reaching repercussions on Europe, vast areas in Asia and the Pacific basin.

Keywords: Korean kingdom; modern Japan; On the Hills of Manchuria; Pacific basin; Russo-Japanese War



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