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Horse power: the Japanese army, Mongolia and the horse, 1927–43

Boyd, J.G. (2010) Horse power: the Japanese army, Mongolia and the horse, 1927–43. Japan Forum, 22 (1). 23 - 42.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09555803.2010.488940
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Abstract

This article examines the promotion of Mongolia as a source of mounts by the Japanese army through a campaign that gathered momentum in the late 1920s. This campaign was one part of a larger campaign to promote the importance of ‘Man-Mō’ (Manchuria-Mongolia) within Japan, a campaign that made use of evocative language to trumpet Japan's claim to the region. The promotion of Mongolia as a source of mounts continued into the 1930s and 1940s and made use of a range of media, including print, film and sound recordings. The promotion of Mongolia as a source of horses was often couched in romantic terms, with Mongolia as a place of sweeping plains, lone horsemen and mysterious strangers.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: Copyright 2010 BAJS British Association for Japanese Studies
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/4250
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