Transforming Empire in Japan and East Asia
The Taiwan Expedition and the Birth of Japanese Imperialism
Examines the history of a military expedition the Japanese government sent to southern Taiwan in 1874
Explores the Japanese government's colonial intent, and its justification that a state must spread civilization and political authority to territories where it claimed sovereignty, thereby challenging Chinese authority in East Asia and consolidating its power domestically.
Considers the origins of Japanese imperialism as emerging as part of the process of consolidating government power after the Meiji Restoration in a dynamic relationship with Western imperialism
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Part of the New Directions in East Asian History book series (NDEAH)