Japan’s First Modern War

Army and Society in the Conflict with China, 1894–95

  • Stewart Lone

Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 1-11
  3. Stewart Lone
    Pages 51-77
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    Pages 78-101
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    Pages 102-122
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    Pages 178-187
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 188-222

About this book


This is the first ever English-language study of the war which established Japan's image as a warrior nation, an image which in many ways persists today. Using extensive Japanese materials, including the letters of frontline troops and provincial newspapers, it presents the diverse experience both of soldiers and civilians and reveals how war accelerated the modernization of Japanese society. Included are such topics as the soldiers' impressions of duty, nation, and their 'fellow' Asians; the role of the emperor as commander-in-chief; the use of the war in schools; as well as the activities of small business, institutional religion, and patriotic societies.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Stewart Lone
    • 1
  1. 1.University of New South WalesAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1994
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-39031-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-38975-5
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