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The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895


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Part I. The Clash of Two Orders: The Far East on the Eve of War: 1. The reversal of the Far Eastern balance of power; 2. The decline of the old order in China and Korea; 3. The rise of a new order in Russia and Japan; Part II. The War: The Dividing Line between Two Eras: 4. The beginning of the end: the outbreak of hostilities; 5. Japan triumphant: the battles of P'yongyang and the Yalu; 6. China in disgrace: the battles of Port Arthur and the Weihaiwei; Part III. The Settlement: The Modern Era in Far Eastern Diplomacy: 7. The treaty of Shimonoseki and the Triple Intervention; 8. The era of global politics; 9. The cultural dimensions of the Sino-Japanese War; Epilogue: perceptions, power, and war; Bibliographic essay.

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This book examines the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-5, a seminal event in world history.

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S. C. M. Paine is Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the US Naval War College and author of Imperial Rivals: China, Russia, and Their Disputed Frontier, winner of the 1997 Jelavich Prize for diplomatic history.


'The methodological approach ... allows for a fresh, authentic, and generally correct rendering of historical events ... all in all, Paine has written a readable and, seen in light of its long-term perspective, a remarkably instructive book.' Monumenta Nipponica
" important (and) engaging book...that delights and informs." David Curtis Wright, The International History Review
"This is a very welcome book that promises to become the standard work on a strangely neglected topic in English. It is a tour de force, employing primary sources in an abundance of languages (English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, German, and French). It is meticulous, well reasoned, and convincingly argued." Journal of Japanese Studies
"...well constructed, researched, and argued...This book is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the events and the region in which the Sino-Japanese war took place and especially for those with a professional interest in the topic." -China Review International, Katherine K. Reist, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
"Arguably the first comprehensive treatment of the subject in English ever, this work provides a political, diplomatic, cultural, and military survey of the dramatic confrontation between Japan and China that overturned the entire balance of power in the Far East." - The NYMAS Review

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