New PDF release: Asia and the Great War : a shared history

By Guoqi Xu

ISBN-10: 0199658196

ISBN-13: 9780199658190

There is not any unmarried quantity that shines a mild on Asia's collective involvement within the First international battle, and the effect that struggle had on its societies. additionally, no quantity in any language explores the reviews Asian international locations shared as they turned embroiled, with divergent effects, within the battle and its repercussions. Asia and the nice War strikes past the nationwide or maybe overseas point by way of offering a 'shared' historical past from non-national and transnational views. Asian involvements make the good struggle not just a real 'world' struggle but in addition a 'great' warfare. The conflict generated forces that might rework Asia either internally and externally. Asian involvement within the First global conflict is a special bankruptcy in either Asian and international background, with Asian participation remodeling the which means and implications of the wider conflict.

Asia and the good War additionally takes steps to get better stories of the warfare and re-examine the battle in its Asian contexts. Asia's half within the conflict and the half the conflict performed within the collective improvement of Asia symbolize the 1st steps of the lengthy trip to complete nationwide independence and overseas acceptance. This quantity goals to convey the nice battle extra absolutely into Asian historical past and the folks of Asia into the overseas historical past of the conflict, within the desire that the shared heritage may lay the foundation for a shared future.

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On September 26, a contingent of 400 Japanese troops proceeded to the town of Weixian and occupied the railway station. On October 3, Japanese military forces compelled the withdrawal of Chinese troops from the vicinity of the railway; and three days later, on October 6, the Japanese moved to Jinan and occupied all three stations in the city, and thereby controlled the entire line of the railway from Qingdao to Jinan, despite the Chinese government’s repeated protests. Japanese troops were distributed along the entire line and its employees were gradually replaced by Japanese subjects.

12 With expanded access to new information on national and foreign affairs, many Chinese, even in the urban working class, began to demonstrate an interest in foreign policy and eventually became what we can consider a true foreign policy public. Their weapons of choice would be petitions, wall posters, public demonstrations, boycotts, and strikes against foreign goods and companies. In 1900, there were virtually no national public demonstrations in support of the Boxer Movement against Christians and foreign imperialists, but by 1905, there were well-organized and sharply focused mass protests against American immigration laws.

23 Chapter 2 pays special attention to issues such as how the Chinese and Japanese used the Great War to achieve national objectives; and how the Great War shaped the directions these two key Asian nations would take in the twentieth century. It will further argue that the Chinese and Japanese entry into the war followed much thinking and careful planning and reflected strategic calculation and long-term thinking. More importantly, their roads to war and experiences both during the war and in the postwar world can best be understood as two sides of the same coin.

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