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Japanese Imperialism 1894–1945$
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W. G. Beasley

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198221685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221685.001.0001

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Introduction: Explanations of Imperialism

Introduction: Explanations of Imperialism

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: Explanations of Imperialism
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Japanese Imperialism 1894–1945
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W. G. Beasley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221685.003.0001

Japanese imperialism dates from the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–5. It is with modern Western imperialism that one tends to compare it. Characteristically, this is ‘economic imperialism’, so called because it is held to derive from a particular stage in the economic development of Western society. The argument was first stated at length by Hobson in 1902. He identified ‘the tap-root of imperialism’ as being overproduction, leading to a surplus of capital seeking investment. This chapter briefly indicates the problems and issues that arise in a discussion of Japanese imperialism.

Keywords:   economic imperialism, Sino-Japanese War, Japan, economic surplus, expansion

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