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The Currents of WarA New History of American-Japanese Relations, 1899-1941$
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Sidney L. Pash

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813144238

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813144238.001.0001

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The Currents of War

Sidney Pash

University Press of Kentucky

The introduction traces American-Japanese relations from Perry’s arrival in 1853 to the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War in 1904 and focuses on how both nations maintained amicable relations during a period of rapid modernization. This section argues that the shared experiences of modernization, rapprochement with England, and concern over Russia’s ambitions in Asia lessened the likelihood of a clash over Japanese continental expansion or America’s growth into Asia and the Pacific. Particular attention is devoted to Tokyo’s “opening” of Korea, the Sino-Japanese War, the U.S. annexation of Hawaii, the circulation of the Open Door notes, and the deterioration in Russo-Japanese relations.

Keywords:   Matthew Perry, Korea, Open Door notes, Sino-Japanese War, missionaries, Ulysses S. Grant

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