Rethinking the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-5

Volume 2: The Nichinan Papers

This second volume in the two-volume series Rethinking the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-5, comprises nineteen chapters and is largely based on the papers presented at a special conference convened at Nichinan, Kyushu, Japan, in 2005. Importantly, it brings together a set of original essays by Japanese, Korean and Chinese scholars, together with analyses by Russian, US and European specialists, thereby reflecting the multinational mix of contemporary influences forming the international vortex of the war. The contributions are thematically structured into six topics: The Force of Personality, Facets of Neutrality, The Power of Intelligence, Interior Lines, Gender and Race, and Global Repercussions. Above all, through the use of primary sources which could not be readily accessed by contemporaries, the contributors have sought to highlight the setting of the conflict in the development of international politics and strategic thinking in the twentieth century, but at the same time eliciting fresh perspectives on the human experiences and dilemmas which impacted on different individuals and groups during the course of the war.

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Biographical Note

John Chapman taught international relations at the universities of Sussex and Ritsumeikan and was the founding editor of Japan Forum. He has specialized in the development of communications intelligence in the twentieth century and its impact on East Asia, particularly those aspects involving Japan, Britain and Germany. He is the compiler of the war diary of German naval attachés in Japan, The Price of Admiralty (four volumes), among numerous publications, and is currently Hon. Senior Research Fellow at the Scottish Centre of War Studies, University of Glasgow.
Chiharu Inaba is professor of international relations at Meijo University, Nagoya. He was secretary of the Russo-Japanese War Association, and organized international symposia on the centenary of the Russo-Japanese War. His major works are Akashi Kosaku: Boryaku no Nichiro Senso (1995) and Abakreta kaisen no shinjitsu: Nichiro Senso (2002).

Table of contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; List of Contributors; List of Tables and Figures; List of Conventions; Introduction; Part I: The Force of Personality; 1 The Emperor Meiji and the Russo-Japanese War; 2 Komura, the British Alliance and the Russo-Japanese War; 3 Kato Takaaki and the Russo-Japanese War; 4 Theodore Roosevelt and the Portsmouth Peace Conference: The Riddle and Ripple of His Forbearance; Part II: Facets of Neutrality; 5 American Capital and Japan’s Victory in the Russo-Japanese War; 6 Preparing for the Next War: French Diplomacy and the Russo-Japanese War; 7 German Policy and the Russo-Japanese War; 8 Korea’s Neutrality Policy and the Russo-Japanese War; 9 Turning Japanese: British Observation of the Russo-Japanese War; Part III: The Power of Intelligence; 10 Issues of Strategic Intelligence: Anglo-German Relations and the Russo-Japanese War; 11 Russia and Korea in 1904–1905: ‘Chamberlain’ A.I. Pavlov and his ‘Shanghai Service’; 12 The Japanese Consular System in China during the Russo-Japanese War; Part IV: Interior Lines; 13 Russian Views of the Far East in the Period of the Russo-Japanese War; 14 The Role of the Home Front in the Russo-Japanese War; 15 Japanese Deportees and Prisoners of War in Siberia, 1904–05; Part V: Gender and Race; 16 Russo-Japanese War and Literary Expression: Voice, Gender and Colonialism; 17 Japan Under Paternalism: The Changing Image of Japan during the Russo-Japanese War; 18 The Russo-Japanese War and the Emergence of the Notion of the ‘Clash of Races’ in Japanese Foreign Policy; Part VI: Global Repercussions; 19 The High Road to the First World War? Europe and the Outcomes of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904–14;; Bibliography; Index


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