The Story of China; With Description of the Events Relating to the Present Struggle

The Story of China; With Description of the Events Relating to the Present Struggle

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... else, they had striven to follow Western ideas. The whole country had some time previously suddenly taken it into its head that European ways were better, and had set itself to work to copy " the very latest" in everything. Their newly-drilled, modern-applianccd army and navy had cost a good deal of money; they were inordinately proud of them, and anxious to show what their new toys could do. In Europe, when the news came that there was a prospect of war between Europe Japan ar)d China, the one backs exclamation was, " What on China, earth chance can Japan have?" To most minds Japan was still a country on the same level as China. Comparatively few seemed to be aware of how it had set to work on its own regeneration, and how complete and marvellous was the change which had taken place. So they could only follow up their first exclamation by saying, "Why, China has four hundred millions of people, whilst Japan has but forty millions!" Only the few dreamed that Japan's relatively small population nevertheless Japan's contained more than enough Army and soldiers to lay low the proud Navy, pretensions of the great Dragon of the East. At that time her army on a peace footing amounted, according to the Hon. George Curzon, M.P., in his book " Problems of the Far East," to only about 60,000 men, with a reserve of 113,000, and a landwehr of 80,000--all, however, armed and drilled according to the very highest standard of nineteenth-century requirements. "The Japanese army," he said, "need not shrink from the test of comparison, in point of efficiency, with the forces of European states." Another writer of high military repute, Colonel E. G. Barrow, writing in the United Service Magazine a more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236506774
  • 9781236506771