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World War I and the Triumph of a New Japan, 1919-1930


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Introduction; 1. World War I as anchor; 2. Structural foundations of a new Japan; 3. Internationalism; 4. Democracy; 5. Disarmament; 6. World power; 7. Culture of peace; 8. Hamaguchi Osachi and the triumph of the new Japan; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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A new, integrative history of interwar Japan, highlighting the transformative effects of the Great War far from the Western Front.

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Frederick R. Dickinson is Professor of Japanese History at the University of Pennsylvania. He was born in Tokyo and raised in Kanazawa and Kyoto, Japan. Professor Dickinson teaches courses on modern Japan, East Asian diplomacy, and politics and nationalism in Asia.


'Dickinson provides a fresh perspective on interwar Japan. His argument is forceful, his prose fluid, and he is sure to spark a heated debate about the nature of change in early twentieth-century Japan.' Andrew Gordon, Harvard University, Massachusetts
'Instead of looking at the 1920s as a pre-stage for militarism, Dickinson suggests that the political transformation of interwar Japan was both broad and deep; that the reformist ideas inspiring these changes were widely embraced by political and social elites; and that political reform was anchored by a number of structural changes which took place after World War I. This study seamlessly integrates political and international history, bringing the insights of new trends in intellectual and cultural history to an earlier tradition of political history.' Louise Young, University of Wisconsin, Madison
'Dickinson provides us with a thought-provoking reminder not to read the past in light of what we know came next. This book, in combination with his next, will become important ... for students and specialists of interwar diplomacy, politics and culture in Japan.' Jeffrey P. Bayliss, Pacific Affairs

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