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Japanese Imperialism

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Jacqueline Seda

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Sarah Gibney
Jacqueline Seda
Kayla Speyerer Japanese Imperialism Definition of Imperialism Imperialism is the policy of extending a country's influence through diplomacy or military force

(http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/imperialism) Causes of Imperialism Strong sense of nationalism


Need for natural resources

Evangelization of missionaries

Competition in the global economy Causes of Imperialism in Japan Influence of Western culture
Commodore Matthew Perry (not the actor!) and America's show of strength
Spread of industrialization
trying to gain power and competitiveness in the global economy trying to prove itself as a nation to Western powers Causes in Japan, Cont. The Meiji ("Enlightened Rule")
new emperor- Mutsuhito
support of "enlightened" ideas from the emperor
end of feudalism
adoption of a constitution similar to that of Germany
National Pride
Economic Gain
Need of natural resources Controlled and Controlling Controlling

-South Karafuto
-Parts of Mainland China
-Hong Kong
-Many, many More Positive Effects of Japanese Imperialism Negative Effects of Japanese Imperialism Primary Sources Primary Sources, Cont. First Sino-Japanese War- 1894-1895

Russo-Japanese War- 1905
-Russians cut off from China

Invasion of Korea- 1910 (lasting to 1945)

Invasion of Manchuria- 1931

Second Sino- Japanese War-1937-1945
-Rape of Nanking- 1937

Beginning of World War II- 1939 Revocation of European extraterritorial rights

End of feudalism


adoption of a constitution

came out of isolation

Meiji- "enlightened rule" "Pak Sŏngp’il
Farmer/fisherman, (m) b. 1917, South Kyŏngsang Province

I got beaten up many times by the Japanese because I resisted changing my name to Japanese. Everybody around me changed theirs, but...I tried not to change my name. But I got tired of being so badly beaten.

Out of desperation, I wrote to my aunt in Seoul, the one who had been arrested for the
Independence demonstration. I asked her, should I do it? By return mail, she said, “Do you have two fathers? If you have two fathers, then change your name to the name of your Japanese father.” She was furious!

So I held out a while longer, but I couldn’t stand any more persecution. I finally changed
my name to Otake..." "Do Not Offer Your Life" by Yosano Akiko

Do not offer your life
The Emperor himself does not go to battle
The Imperial Heart is deep;
How could he ever wish
That men shed their blood
That men die like beasts,
That men's glory be in death?
Dearest brother,
Do not offer your life in battle.
Mother, whom farther left behind
This past autumn,
Suffered when
In the midst of her grief
Her son was called away We defined imperialism as the policy of taking over other countries in order to spread one country's influence in the world. Citations http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/tps/1900_ko.htm#japan






Citations, Cont.

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