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The Memory And Significance Of The Russo-Japanese War From A Centennial Perspective

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This chapter traces the attitudes and positions in the second half-decade 1895-1900 which shaped the Japanese public attitude toward Russia and on Russo-Japanese War in general. One might argue that it was all the easier to take such a chivalrous stance, as the victories in the Sino-Japanese War were won with so much ease. The first effect of the new globalization of the East Asian region was the Three-Power Intervention in late April 1895, by which the powers Russia, Germany and France "persuaded" Japan to retrocede the Liaotung Peninsula. Many observers in Japan saw the Far Eastern Crisis as the starting signal for race of civilization. The chapter finally argues that the positive and "exciting" experience, highlighted by the "dullness" and difficulties of the postwar years certainly did not deter the public from another war.

Keywords: Far Eastern crisis; France; Germany; Liaotung Peninsula; Russo-Japanese war; Sino-Japanese War; Three-Power Intervention



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