Japanand the World War 1
Question 1TheTriple Intervention refers to the diplomatic intervention that wasspecifically done by France, Russia and Germany on April 23, 1895.The treaty was based on the terms of the Shimonoseki Treaty thatoccurred between Japan and the Qing Dynasty China, which specificallyended the Sino-Japanese War 1. There are also various lessons thatJapan learnt from the event. First, it learnt that it needed tostrengthen and build up its military so fast. It was forstrengthening its positioning among the great powers of the west.Secondly, Japan learnt that it should never be work in isolation fromother great nations and powers of the world (Dickinson 21). This mayexplain why Japan became more involved in the international relationsfrom the beginning of the twentieth century.
Japanmatched the First World War in 1914. It was because it wanted toprotect the Chinese territory. It did not want Germany to return theKiautschou Bay to China. The Japanese wanted to have Bay forthemselves. Also, they wanted revenge on the Germans due to theTriple Intervention of the year 1895. They also had special interestsin China and basing on the fact that they loved the Britons muchthey wanted to defend them. Therefore, to fight against Germany,Japan entered the war on the side of the Triple Entente. As a result,Japan became part of the Allies who fought against the Germans andthe Triple Alliance. The allies were led by the United Kingdom, andalso included France and Russia, all who were against Germany(Sondhaus 88).
Between1914 and 1918, much happened in Japan. First, the Japanese troopsjoined the British forces as Allies from Wei-hai-Wei in besiegingKiaochow, which was a German colony. The troops occupied the GermanPacific islands of Palau, the Marshalls, the Marianas and theCarolines. They gave assistance regarding Navy power to the alliesthroughout the entire period. They also took their place, especiallyin the international victory parade that was in Paris in 1919. Theseefforts contributed greatly to the effort of the Allied war(Dickinson 71).
Therewas much that Japan gained from the World War 1. First, it gainedcontrol over several islands that German-ruled. They includedMariana, Marshall and Caroline. It also increased its influence inChina. Additionally, the Empire of Japan attacked and weakened Chinaand took control of the port that was controlled by the Germans. Italso improved its industrial revolution and thus making it excel inelectronics and motor industry later. In some instances, it leads tothe war that occurred during the World War 2 between Japan and theUnited States of America (Sondhaus 42).
The above had various impactson the United States in the future decades. First, it strengthenedthe ties that occurred between the two countries. Basing on the factsthat Japan was on the Allies side, it proved that it paved ways forthere to be good relations in future in commerce and other fields.Additionally, it also improved the ties between the Far Eastcountries and the United in Military and others. The war would alsolead to a highly productive industry that preceded the GreatDepression, jobs given to women among others. Additionally, it hadvarious antiwar sentiments that affected America’s entrance intoWorld War 2 (Dickinson 131).
Dickinson,F.R. WorldWar I and the Triumph of a New Japan, 1919–1930.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.Sondhaus,L. WorldWar One: The Global Revolution.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011