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Containing the crisis: Japan's diplomatic offensive in the West, 1931–33

Wilson, S.ORCID: 0000-0002-8341-3120 (1995) Containing the crisis: Japan's diplomatic offensive in the West, 1931–33. Modern Asian Studies, 29 (2). pp. 337-372.

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Japan's departure from the League of Nations in 1933 over the Manchurian issue has often been portrayed as an act of national self assertiveness signifying a willingness to defy international opinion and pursue an independent course in world affairs. The physical act by Matsuoka Yosuke and his delegation of walking out of the League Assembly on 24 February promotes an image of a firm and uncompromising attitude on the part of Japan; and as time passed, the interpretation recorded in 1944 by Joseph Grew, US Ambassador to Japan from 1932 to 1942, became a standard one: ‘Nobody could miss the political significance of Japan's decision to quit the League of Nations. It marked a clear break with the Western powers and prepared the way for Japan's later adherence to the Axis’...

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: © Cambridge University Press 1995
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