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In the Hegemon's ShadowLeading States and the Rise of Regional Powers$
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Evan Braden Montgomery

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702341

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702341.001.0001

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Japan and the Creation of a New Order in East Asia, 1894–1902

Japan and the Creation of a New Order in East Asia, 1894–1902

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(p.75) Chapter 4 Japan and the Creation of a New Order in East Asia, 1894–1902
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In the Hegemon's Shadow
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Evan Braden Montgomery

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702341.003.0005

This chapter examines Great Britain's response to the power shift that was taking place in East Asia during the period 1894–1902, and especially to Japan's emergence as a rising power. It first traces the evolution of the Anglo-Russian rivalry before discussing the power shifts that occurred in the Far East following the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–1895. It then considers Great Britain's alliance with Japan and how China was viewed by the great powers following its loss in the Sino-Japanese War. It also explores British concerns about Russian expansion into areas where Great Britain had considerable economic and strategic interests, and shows that British officials relied on preponderant powers in these peripheral regions to help mitigate the risk of containment failure.

Keywords:   power shifts, East Asia, Japan, Far East, Sino-Japanese War of 1894–1895, Great Britain, China, Russia, peripheral regions, containment failure

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