"A masterful, synthetic study....In its broadly comparative approach, its use of Japanese language sources, and its exceptionally lucid organization and presentation, this book is extraordinarily valuable. Professor, graduate student and undergraduate can all read it with great profit."--The Historian
"A careful, judicious, and well-organized synthesis relying on the author's own archival research as well as a thorough canvass of the relevant secondary literature....There is no other book in English that provides what this one does, a compact and readable account of the history of Japanese imperialism. It will remain the standard single-volume work on the subject for some time to come, and it will undoubtedly be the book that those outside the field turn to for reference."--Journal of Japanese Studies
"A very useful study of the development of Japanese imperialism...Belongs in every college and university library."--Choice
About the Author
W. G. Beasley is at University of London, Honorary Member of the Japan Academy, Fellow of the British Academy.