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The evolution of the concept of "war" in the modern Japan

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2012, 27(1), pp.253-280
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2012.27.1.009
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation

Park Young-June 1

1국방대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

From the late 18th century, Japanese intellectuals began to use the concept of war replacing the ole usage of "ikusa" or "tadakai":the concept of war implied a conflict among the countries whereas "ikusa" or "tadakai" referred to the military clashes among the feudal lords. Under the concept of war, Japanese policy makers and intelletuals perceived the patent threat from Russia or Qing durng the pre-modern age. In response to the threat, they urged the necessity of building naval forces or fortifying the maritime defense system. When the era of the Meiji Restoration began in the late 1860s, Japanese policy makers continuously shared the perception of threat from Russia. In response to it, they proposed a conquest of Chosun as well as the rapidn modernization under the slogan of the rich nation and the strong army. The advent of new phenomenons requires a new concept which depict the phenomenons. New concept bring forth a new policy. We can find that the concept of "war" in the modern Japan was not exceptional in this case.

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