Internationalism and International Organization in Interwar Japan
This epilogue shows that the history of Japan’s relationship with the League of Nations provides a useful gauge of the state of internationalism in the interwar period. As a diplomatic construct, internationalism is the inclination to participate actively in world affairs and pursue goals of national interest within the confines of, and subject to the constraints of, a multilateral system governing relations among states. While Japan’s behavior at the Paris Peace Conference was rooted in regional considerations, there is much evidence that Japan emerged from Paris and into the League substantially more inclined to internationalism than before. From that time on, Japan’s engagement with the League was a paradoxical mix of regionalist proclivities and internationalist ideals.
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