By Peter J. Woolley
Geography, this writer contends, is the for sure particular function of any state. Geography and Japan's Strategic offerings starts off via explaining Japan's distinct place and topography compared to different nations. Peter Woolley then examines the ways that the country's political leaders in numerous eras understood and acted on these geographical obstacles and benefits. continuing chronologically via numerous exact political eras, the booklet compares the Tokugawa period, the outlet to the West, the Meiji recovery, the lengthy period of colonialization, industrialization and liberalization, the militarist response and global conflict II, the profession, the chilly battle, and at last the rudderless fin de siecle. eventually Woolley demonstrates how Japan's strategic state of affairs within the twenty-first century is educated via earlier and current geo-strategic calculations in addition to via present household and foreign adjustments. for college students and students of U.S.-Japan kin and of jap heritage and politics, this publication bargains any educated reader a clean viewpoint on a severe foreign dating.
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Extra resources for Geography and Japan's Strategic Choices: From Seclusion to Internationalization
Naval power that forced Japan not only to open its shores to commerce and trade but also to reverse its policy of seclusion and engage the world actively. Japan would do so most successfully as a sea power rather than as a land power. Mahan was in fact quite concerned by the apparent rise of Japan as an industrial and militarist power early in the twentieth century. Moreover, Japan took Mahan quite seriously. His books were carefully studied. His proclamation that navies were strategically dominant in the modern world was strongly embraced—as it was also in many quarters around the globe, most notably in the United States, Britain, and Germany.
The government was now unified and could enforce its superiority of numbers on any foreigners who disagreed with the policy, enforce its regulations on those traders who remained, and enforce similar prohibitions on its domestic population. So while many historians probably correctly point to Japan’s cultural self-consciousness in the seventeenth century as a central reason that isolation was desirable, just as many writers overlook the possibility that Japan isolated itself from the West because it could.
The cynical 667-3 Geography & Japan 8/22/05 2:09 PM Page 19 GEOGRAPHY AND THINGS UNIQUELY JAPANESE 19 German academic spent almost two years in Japan as an observer in 1908– 1910. When he returned to Germany he wasted no time writing his analysis of Japan’s recent rise to power and his prognosis for Japan’s future. 19 Both projects led to the conclusion that Japan and Germany should ally in order to counterbalance the “Anglo-Saxon” powers. Adolf Hitler took this prescription quite seriously, as did many Japanese strategists.
Geography and Japan's Strategic Choices: From Seclusion to Internationalization by Peter J. Woolley