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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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Japan as an Outsider

Japan as an Outsider

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(p.194) 8 Japan as an Outsider
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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/9780824829827.003.0008

This chapter argues that the end of Japan’s League membership did not mark the demise of internationalism in Japan. Rather than marking a sharp break with the past, the Manchurian affair gave expression to trends that had long-standing roots and had been building for some time. Among them were the gravitation toward regional understandings for peace and order and the preference to address differences with neighbors on a bilateral basis. Also, in the affair itself and its aftermath, Japan demonstrated its compulsion to seek accommodation with the powers and achieve respect as a world citizen. In the wake of 1933, Japanese adherents to internationalism pursued their cause with renewed energy.

Keywords:   internationalism, Manchurian Incident, League membership, Japan

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