Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. A. Stanley Trickett


The period from 1902 through 1922 is an important phase in the international relations of Japan. At the outset of this period, Nippon signed a defensive Alliance with Great Britain which served as a warning to the other European Powers who had interests or designs in the Orient. A few years later, Japan astounded the world by defeating Russia in a war waged because of conflicting ambitions in Manchuria and Korea. While Nippon did not obtain a monetary indemnity from St. Petersburg, she did gain recognition of her paramount interests in Korea, territorial and economic concessions on the Liaotung peninsula and Manchuria and outright cession of the southern half of Sakhalin. Of greater importance was the enhancement of her prestige throughout the Orient. At the same time, the European Powers awakened to the fact that they could no longer encroach with impunity upon the mainland of Asia.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate Division The University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1958, Malcolm Franklin Slayter.

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