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Japanese Imperialism 1894-1945 (Clarendon Paperbacks) Paperback – June 24, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0198221685 ISBN-10: 0198221681

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  • Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 24, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198221681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198221685
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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


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W. G. Beasley is at University of London, Honorary Member of the Japan Academy, Fellow of the British Academy.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. D ONEIL on September 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
There's more to this book than its title might suggest. In little more than 250 pages, Beasley has managed a remarkably clear overview of the development of Japan's entire external policy from the beginning of the 19th century to the end of the Second World War. In the process, he pays careful attention to the internal political and economic dynamics that propelled policy, and thus lays out a great deal of the story of the development of modern Japan up through 1945. While always making his own views (and the bases for them) quite clear, he gives alternative interpretations their due. Although more recent work has extended the story in certain respects (e.g., Frederick R. Dickinson's fine War and National Reinvention), Beasley's work still stands the test of time. Remarkably, for a so brief a book treating so broad a topic, Beasley manages to organize and present his story in a way that should be easy to follow even for those who do not have much background in Japanese history. An especially good book, strongly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt Davis on October 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Beasley does a superb job of explaining the multi-faceted nature of Japanese modernization and empire-buliding from the Meji Restoration to the Pacific War. He discusses the creation of an intellectual justification for expansion as the liberation of asian peoples from european colonialism, while exploring the changes in the Japanese elite's perceptions of its political goals, economic exploitation, and national security requirements. Neither an apology for not a treatise against this phenomenon, the author focuses on some much neglected issues while not being distracted by dwelling on Japanese "culture" as an explanation for everything.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Whatever on February 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent examination of the history of Japanese imperialism in East Asia -- a book more for someone with a basic understanding of the history who wants more depth. Beasley writes well for an academic historian; there is no trendy jargon or dubious syntax. Unfortunately, Oxford has yet again published something utterly shoddy. This book -- the paperback -- costs over $60, but the spine was put together in such a poor way that the pages did not take long to start falling out. For a paperback priced so exorbitantly, this is outrageous.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Japan's annexation of Korea. Beasley's book is both a fair assessment and a timely read if you want to better understand what happened and why. If you can get it from a library or read it on kindle, by all means read it. It's worth it.
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Format: Hardcover
Great analysis of the events that paved the path which Japan and other countries were going down that lead to their involvement in WWII in the Pacific
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