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Japan and the League of Nations: Empire and World Order, 1914-1938

Thomas W. Burkman


Japan joined the League of Nations in 1920 as a charter member and one of four permanent members of the League Council. Until conflict arose between Japan and the organization over the 1931 Manchurian Incident, the League was a centerpiece of Japan’s policy to maintain accommodation with the Western powers. The picture of Japan as a positive contributor to international comity, however, is not the conventional view of the country in the early and mid-twentieth century. Rather, this period is usually depicted as a history of incremental imperialism and intensifying militarism, culminating in wa ... More

Keywords: Japan, League of Nations, conflict, Manchurian Incident, Western powers, imperialism, internationalism, international accommodationism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780824829827
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824829827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas W. Burkman, author
University of Buffalo at SUNY