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Nov 8

Japan’s Victory in World War I

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 12:01 AM

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A review of Japan’s role as a principal Great War victor highlights critical lessons from naval history. Although Japan suffered about 2,000 casualties in the war, fighting took place outside of the country, which remained largely unscathed. The war resulted in Japan’s acquisition of territory, economic boom, and emergence as a great power with a primary seat at the table during the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919.[1] Westerns have critiqued Japan’s participation in World War I as opportunism. However, Japan deployed its navy to its limit, and earned gains from the war commensurate with its contributions.[2] In balance,… Read the rest of this entry »