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The Emperor Meiji And The Russo-Japanese War

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This chapter focuses on the political function of the sovereign ruler in the Russo-Japanese War in the context of considering the formation of monarchy and constitutionalism in modern Japan. It examines Japan's political diplomacy and monarchical system in the context of the Russo-Japanese War by focusing on how the Emperor Meiji who, at the age of fifty-one and fifty-two was beginning to show signs of failing health, was involved in the outbreak of hostilities and in leading the war effort. The first stage on the road to the Russo-Japanese War was the Boxer Rebellion. Once war had broken out, the emperor was extremely worried about the course of the fighting itself. In the course of fighting the war, the first major problem to confront the emperor was the conflict within the army over setting up a 'military high command' in Manchuria.

Keywords: Emperor Meiji; Japan's monarchical system; Japan's political diplomacy; military high command; Russo-Japanese war



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