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The Sino-Japanese War Of 1894-1895: Perceptions, Power, And Primacy

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This book examines the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-5, a significant event in world history virtually ignored in Western literature. Japan so rapidly defeated China that citizens of Europe suddenly perceived Japan, not only as the dominant power of Asia, but also as a key international player. Western disgust with Chinese military performance led to their rapidly growing intr ...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Cambridge University Press (first published November 2002)
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Al
Nov 19, 2012 Al rated it 4 of 5 stars
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"The Sino-Japanese War... is a seminal event in world history.... Ever since this war, the focus of Chinese foreign policy has been to undo its results whereas the focus of Japanese foreign policy has been to confirm them."

This was a good read, and the author shows why this war had such far reaching effects, down to the 21st century. While this war, for the Japanese, and the Russo-Japanese War, were wars of limited objectives, both wars showed a policy-strategy match against cooperative adversar
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morning Os
No nuance, no complexity, no reflections on basic concepts. Quite refreshingly straightforward...
Victor Lai
Interesting book on a rarely covered topic in the West.
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