Like Volume one, Volume two of The Russo-Japanese War in Global Perspective examines the Russo-Japanese War in its military, diplomatic, social, political, and cultural context. In this volume East Asian contributors focus on the Asian side of the war to flesh out the assertion that the Russo-Japanese War was, in fact, World War Zero, the first global confl ict of the 20th century. The contributors demonstrate that the Russo-Japanese War, largely forgotten in the aftermath of World War I, actually was a precursor to the catastrophe that engulfed the world less than a decade after the signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth. This study also helps us better understand Japan as it emerged at the beginning of its fateful 20th century.
David Wolff is Professor of Eurasian History at the Slavic Research Center at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. Steven G. Marks is Professor of History at Clemson University in South Carolina. Bruce W. Menning is a Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye is Associate Professor of Russian and East Asian History at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada. John W. Steinberg is Associate Professor of History at Georgia Southern University. Yokote Shinji is Professor of Russian History and Politics at Keio University.
Anyone interested in early 20th century Japanese, Russian, European, and United States military, diplomatic, political, social, economic, or cultural history.