Japan and Great Power Status
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This paper discusses how, following the Russo-Japanese War, in which Japan triumphed for the first time over a traditional great power, the Treaty of Portsmouth in 1905 formally recognised Japan as a truly global player. It examines how secure Japan's power was at this time and concludes that beneath the proud exterior of Japan's military prowess lay the crippling financial costs of the war with Russia which had brought her, unbeknown to her population, to her knees.
From the Paper:"What tilted the balance, preparing more immediately the road to 1905, was arguably the Boxer rebellion. From the outset Britain, whose hands were already tied with insurrection in southern Africa, looked towards Japan to send around 30,000 troops to help quell Chinese unrest. Despite reservations from Russia and Germany, Japan was eventually convinced to come on board to fight alongside European armies who could, for the first time, appreciate the professionalism of the Japanese military. But 1899 should not be seen as the alternative date when Japan came to be accepted as a great power not least because she was still, even at this stage, considered a subordinate partner. Revealingly, even though Lieutenant General Yamaguchi headed the largest number of soldiers and was the most senior in terms of rank, these facts did not prevent the alliance from handing command to Count Waldersee who was still in Europe when the appointment was made, all of which provides an indication of the junior status that was accorded to Japan at this time. "
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