Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Slayter, Malcolm Franklin, "A study of the foreign relations of Japan, 1902-1922" (1958). Student Work. 431.
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