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Japan and the League of NationsEmpire and World Order, 1914-1938$
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Thomas W. Burkman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780824829827

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824829827.001.0001

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The World War I Experience

The World War I Experience

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(p.1) 1 The World War I Experience
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Japan and the League of Nations
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Thomas W. Burkman

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824829827.003.0001

This chapter examines the effects of the First World War to Japanese diplomacy. The Great War created circumstances—economic hardship in Europe and an aggressive mentality in America—that would turn East Asia into a field for ruthless exploitation by the Western powers once the fighting in the West stopped. In short, heightened competition and aggression, not peace, would follow in the wake of the war. In the face of this threat, Japan stood in diplomatic and racial isolation with no spiritual ally but China to withstand a potential coalition of white powers. The Great War thus offered Japan an unprecedented yet temporary opportunity to strengthen itself and secure the friendship of the peoples of Asia.

Keywords:   World War I, Japanese diplomacy, Great War, Western powers, diplomatic isolation, racial isolation, China, white powers

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