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Japan’s Tug-Of-War After The Russo-Japanese War

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As one who has taught European history alongside Japanese history, this chapter begins by offering an insight drawn from German history. The tug-of-war in the title of the chapter refers to the tension over Japan's continental policy, prevalent among the upper echelons of Japanese decision-makers. The chapter deals with the skirmishes which took place in the decade following the Portsmouth Conference with a view to assessing the growing role of the military in politics. The army emerged from the Russo-Japanese War was proud of its achievement but aware of the heavy price it had paid in human lives and in war funds. As 1914 approached, Japan was driven by constitutional crises. At the root of these was the conflict between the military and the political parties which had come into being with the constitution of 1889 and were becoming increasingly vociferous in the 1910s.

Keywords: constitutional crises; European history; Russo-Japanese War; Tug-of-War; war funds



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