The Encyclopedia Americana; A Library of Universal Knowledge Volume 27

The Encyclopedia Americana; A Library of Universal Knowledge Volume 27

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: our drastic immigration restrictions, 1880 and 1894, but otherwise dealt with the United States on the old conservative basis. Japan meanwhile abolished feudalism in 1871; set up a representative Parliament, 1881, 1890; adopted a code of law framed on an European model and made rapid progress in the new ways. Her victory over China in 1895 gave her a position which compelled the powers to surrender their special privileges, as to duties and jurisdiction. In this our own country had prior to the war taken the initiative. A considerable influx of Chinese work people, intense local prejudice against them in the West, some deadly riots in which they have suffered and on the other hand outrages to missionaries and the Boxer attack on the legations in Peking have proved some mutual ill-will, while in the main the respective governments have been on friendly terms. More important still was the war with Russia, 1904, ended by the Peace of Portsmouth, both Japanese triumphs of arms and diplomacy. As a result Korea become a Japanese protectorate; the control of Manchuria was shared with Russia and China; Japan's influence upon China increased; her position in the entire Pacific was enhanced; she became truly one of the great powers. As a result also a certain degree of friction has developed with the United States, owing to the hostile legislation of our Pacific States rather than to any Japanese act, it is true, but with a consciousness of conflicting interests. China during the last decade has tended toward modern ways. She has encouraged railways and internal development; has driven out the Manchu dynasty; has assumed a republican form of government and a constitution; all without serious bloodshed. Under the policy of the Open Door and the...
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  • Paperback | 772 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 39mm | 1,352g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236784421
  • 9781236784421