Review Section Japan's Siberian Intervention, 19181922: "A Great Disobedience against the People." By Paul E. Dunscomb. Lexington Books, Lanham, Md., 2011. xiii, 249 pages. $75.00, cloth; $29.95, paper; $29.95, E-book. Reviewed by Robert G. Kane Niagara University In this meticulously researched volume, Paul E. Dunscomb reveals how integral Japan's Siberian Intervention between 1918 and 1922 was to the trajectory of not simply the Japanese empire but domestic political development in the early twentieth century. He reminds us that the expansion of Japan's overseas possessions went hand in hand with the growth of participatory government at home, due mainly to the financial realities of imperial defense. After the Russo-Japanese War, Japanese military leaders were increasingly forced to haggle with party politicians and a whole host of other political actors to obtain their desired budgets. Because budgets were funded through higher taxation, Japanese subjects in turn clamored for a greater say in politics, particularly in the 1910s and 1920s. Despite the contentiousness of the domestic political process, however, there was a pervasive acceptance of the empire among Meiji and Taisho Japanese, since empire was the "ultimate proof of Japanese modernity" (p. 2). Dunscomb agrees that this belief was seriously interrogated
The Journal of Japanese Studies – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Jul 14, 2012
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