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The Russo-Japanese War in cultural perspective, 1904-05

Wilson, S.ORCID: 0000-0002-8341-3120 and Wells, D. (1999) The Russo-Japanese War in cultural perspective, 1904-05. Macmillan Press LTD, London, England.

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The Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 has been widely seen as a historical turning-point. For the first time in modern history an Asian nation competed on equal terms with a European country and overturned the prevailing balance of power. Based on a wide range of sources in Russian, Japanese and other languages, this book goes beyond the military and world-political grand narratives to examine the war's social, cultural, literary and intellectual impact in its historical context. In Japan the war reinforced the country's self-image as a 'coming' nation, while in Russia, with the revolution of 1905 and later political and social upheaval, it was seen as separating the old régime from the new. Throughout the world, `spirit' was seen to be a decisive factor, and everywhere cultural considerations determined the war's interpretation. Containing contributions by established scholars in the fields of military history and the history and literature of both Russia and Japan, this book offers for the first time a comparative perspective on the symbolic meaning of the conflict.

Item Type: Book
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Macmillan Press LTD
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