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Crossing Empire's EdgeForeign Ministry Police and Japanese Expansionism in Northeast Asia$

Erik Esselstrom

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832315

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832315.001.0001

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For most of its past, East Asia was a world unto itself. The land now known as China sat roughly at its center and was surrounded by a number of places now called Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Tibet, as well as a host of lands absorbed into one of these. The peoples and cultures of these lands interacted among themselves with virtually no reference to the outside world before the dawn of early modern times. The World of East Asia is a book series that aims to support the production of research on the interactions, both historical and contemporary, between and among these lands and their cultures and peoples and between East Asia and its Central, South, and Southeast Asian neighbors.

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Crossing Empire’s Edge Foreign Ministry Police and Japanese Expansionism in Northeast Asia, BY Erik Esselstrom

Memory Maps The State and Manchuria in Postwar Japan, BY Mariko Asano Tamanoi


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  • Esselstrom, Erik.
  •   Crossing empire’s edge : Foreign Ministry police and Japanese expansionism
  • in Northeast Asia / by Erik Esselstrom.
  •       p. cm.—(The world of East Asia)
  •   Includes bibliographical references and index.
  •   ISBN 978-0-8248-3231-5 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  •   1. Intelligence service—Japan. 2. Consular police—Japan. 3. Japan—
  • Foreign relations—Korea. 4. Korea—Foreign relations—Japan. 5. Japan—
  • Foreign relations—China. 6. China—Foreign relations—Japan. I. Title.
  •   JQ1629.I6E87 2008
  •   363.28—dc22
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