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  1. Introduction
  2. The Dilemma of Britain
    1. A real lack of interest in Europe
    2. An ambiguous response or 'Cordial bail'
  3. The need to protect Britain's global interests
    1. Europe against Commonwealth
    2. Europe against the rest of the world
  4. The need to channel this plan was said to be too ambitious
    1. Insert the plan in the League
    2. Too rapid?

Imperialism in the 19th century was originally a European affair. In 1890 however, the case became colonial.

In Asia, Japan asserted itself as a potential rival to European powers on the Asian continent in the 1860s. Since the arrival of the American fleet of Perry in 1853, Japan experienced an unprecedented political, economic and cultural transformation.

This Japanese specificity is thus blatant in the context of imperialism. The arrival of Westerners was beneficial to Japan but resulted in colonization elsewhere, as in the case of its neighbor China, by butchering the Territorial powers.

The Meiji era, which opened in 1868, enshrined the new Emperor Mutsuhito, and a unified and powerful government, which would try to erase the unequal treaties signed with the Europeans in the 1850s. Japan seemed to initiate an aggressive policy of territorial expansion, until the colonization of Korea in 1910.

Can we thus speak of Japanese imperialism? Was this due to the Meiji government itself, or the sudden discovery of the West? How does it differ from European imperialism? What are its manifestations?

Tags: Japanese imperialism, Japan's transformation, Meiji government, Emperor Mutsuhito

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