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The First Sino-Japanese War

...Nuff' said.

Dylan Thiele

on 18 June 2010

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Transcript of The First Sino-Japanese War

Meiji Government re-opens all borders Contact with new groups China turned it's focus to Japan. Japan looked like
an easy target. It was only newly re-introduced
to the world and was still un-advanced country. ....New allies. New enemies. Japan saw the attack coming and began to
get ready for war. Korea at this time was trying to be indpendent as it was before. Japan supported their struggle. On the 1st of August 1894, war was finally
declared between China and Japan. In fear of attack from the Chinese,
Japan attcked first. They launched
a suprise attack. Although China had larger resources, more advanced
technology, stronger military and a larger population,
Japan cut through Chinese forces. Japanese soldier quickly conquered Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands. They then conquered Korea and the chinese provinces of Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang. Korea began to rebel... ...it didn't work. Internationl pressure forced Japan and China to an agreement. China ceded Taiwan and The Pescadores Islands
to Japan. Japan gave indpendence to Korea. The conquered Chinese provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang were bought back by Chinese from Japan. The First Sino-Japanese War At this time, in the East, there were two main empires
who had much power. One of these Empires were China. At this time, China was in
control of what is now known as Korea, Taiwan and Nepal. During the late 1800's many countries were
expanding their borders in desire for land and power. One of These Emperies was the Chinese Empire.
At this time it controlled of what is now known as
Korea, Taiwan and Nepal. Japanese soldiers crushed the Chinese. Peace returned... WAIT! We did say, there were TWO great empires, didn't we? Russo-Japanese War The worlds most obese country only wanted to become larger... ...Mother Russia herself. Japan had just formed a protectorate over Korea a few months before after a short decisive war with China...and now it was under attack again. Said by Emperor Meiji himself: "An act of selfless greed! These fools shall be met by my sword!" Emperor Meiji (What a hottie!) Just as Meiji promised, the Russian were exterminated. This was poorest war performed by Russia ever (at that time). So many lives were lost for simple minded greed. Russia didn't even have an ethnic claim to Korea or Japan. Russia knew they would loose lots of land and were quick to sign a treaty. Russia
didn't want to lose anymore land that they had already. But, Japan did gain however. They received many small islands far north of Japan. They were mostly un-inhabited and very cold. Meiji had grown Japan the largest it had been in size to that date. Meiji died a few years shortly after... :( ..The end... These events are sometimes called the "Meiji Wars". the 8th of February 1904...Meiji declared war for the second time against the raiders. Japan would now go to war for the first time in about 200 years... The Meiji Wars marked the end of the Meiji period... Look! The Japanese (black) are fighting in the snow! Brr! Russia must've been cold. 500,000 Russian troops flooded into Korea. A treaty was signed. There was no purpose of the sudden attacks from the Russians...it just happened so sudden. How did Japan coming out of
isolation have an affect in the Meiji Period? How were these changes positive or negative? What factors must be considered to determine positive or negative change? How did isolation in the Edo period affect the wars? It had a huge impact. Japan was very un-advanced when it came to terms of it's military and technology. For example, Japan still used wooden ships instead of metal ones. They still used Dutch musket models from the the early 1700's. Japan also lacked resources. It needed more trade if it wanted to grow healthy, and if a war broke out in Japan while in isolation, it wouldn't have enough supplies to survive. Japan was also outnumbered in wars. In the First Sino-Japanese War, Japanese troops were outnumbered 10 to 1. Even with superior technology and materials, china still lost many more troops. It was because Japan had high morale, while most Chinese despised their own governenment. China also used bad tactics. In the Russo-Japanese War the Japanese used their old equipment to their advantage. Their ships were much faster. The Russians would chase their ships for weeks until the ship ran out of coal and sunk. You must determine all outcomes. How was the ecnomy affected? How was the military affected? How have the religious or political views change? Are the people "happy"? Was there land gained? We thought it was VERY GOOD. It intoduced Japan to so many vast technologies that just can't be found in trade. Their deeds also gave freedom to Korea and Taiwan. Unfortuantly it caused Japan to join the Axis in WWII (because they thought they were all that). But as we had found out before, they let America enter the war through Pearl Harbour. Thus letting America storm Normandy Bay and destroying the Nazi forces in Europe. If Japan never entered WWII, Europe would have ceased to Nazi rule. It was a breakthrough for Japan. It allowed Japan to expand their technology and wealth. Many European countries wanted their resources for lots of money. When Japan entered the trading market it created easier trading routes in the Far East. It also allowed more freedom. Freedom of Religion and Free speech. It also allowed Japan to liberate Korea and Taiwan and eventually join the Axis (That wil be explained in more detail). Question time!
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