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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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Making the Covenant Palatable at Paris

Making the Covenant Palatable at Paris

(p.60) 4 Making the Covenant Palatable at Paris
Japan and the League of Nations

Thomas W. Burkman

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter details the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, Japan’s first experience of a multilateral international meeting where issues perceived as vital interests were at stake. For the first time, war issues involving Japan and its immediate neighbors were to be brought before a world tribunal for review, based on the demands of a global power structure. This situation posed new opportunities to achieve world respectability and, at the same time, threatened to circumscribe Japan’s independent, regional prerogatives. Among the Japanese, the peace conference phenomenon evoked the same hopes and fears as the specter of a League of Nations. Indeed, the potential liabilities of the peace process weighed heavily on the cabinet, the ministry, and especially the peace mission.

Keywords:   Paris Peace Conference, multilateral meeting, war issues, world tribunal, global power structure, League of Nations

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