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The importance of Meiji Japan`s wars with China and Russia

March 26, 2016 | Author: | Posted in asian studies, history

Meiji Japan , Colonialism and Beyond

The most influential aspects that would come out of Japan ‘s war with China (the First Sino-Japanese War 1894-1895 ) and the war with Russia (Russo-Japanese War 1904 – 1905 ) did not occur during the wars themselves , but rather in the years following the conflicts . These wars were , essentially , the precursors to the Imperial Japan of World War Two infamy

The First Sino-Japanese War showed Japan that the reforms and modernizations of the Mieji Restoration were working as opposed to China ‘s Self Strengthening Movement that had been a [banner_entry_middle]

domestic failure War was .declared on 1st August 1894 , and although foreign observers had predicted an easy victory for the more massive Chinese forces , the Japanese had done a more successful job of modernizing , and they were better equipped and prepared . Japanese troops scored quick and overwhelming victories on both land and sea ‘1 This war also established a relationship with western nations that resulted in tremendous improvements in Japan ‘s military . So profound were this improvements that Japan would later wage a successful war of for the rights ‘ to imperial interests against Russia that had a far superior military

In a way , Japan ‘s involvement in these wars did show the nation had developed similarities with Western nations beyond simply modernizing domestically in social and industrial terms . The foreign policy of Japan began to mimic the least desirable aspect of all of Western Europe ‘s foreign policy . This area of foreign policy was an emphasis on imperialism and colonization

The classical tradition of imperialism and colonization involved superior

powered military incursions into other countries in to conquer the nation

subjugate the people and strip the indigenous natural resources from the conquered nations . Winning the wars with China and Russia help set the stage for the coming of an Imperial Japan that would wage a massive war in the Pacific Seas during World War Two

By 1895 Japan was beginning to see the fruits of their labor as the defeat of China in several wars and the annexation of Taiwan brought Japan political recognition from many European countries . Recognition from the European countries meant an escape from many of the treaties that had been forced upon Japan in the 1870 ‘s , and an alliance with England in 1902 . Japan had finally won the respect of the developed world as a military power however , they were still viewed as an inferior culture and were not afforded the same courtesies as predominantly Anglo-Saxon nations .2

With the war with China , Japan established a foothold as a colonizing empire as it would claim Korea as the prize for its expansion . With Russia , the victory was even more complex . In the part of the world where Japan resides , the bulk of the colonial incursions and wars were bought between eastern nations and western nations as well as eastern nations vs . other eastern nations . Japan ‘s victory against Russia marked the first time an eastern power defeated a western power in a… [banner_entry_footer]


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