Britain, Japan, and the Crisis over China, 1915–16



As with any great historical event, once the First World War ended in 1918, people’s memories of what the conflict had been fought for and what the fighting had entailed began to change. Myths and new convenient interpretations began to multiply very quickly and resonate with governments and public alike. Naturally, the focus of attention for most of this contestation was, and continues to be, the cataclysmic war in Europe. However, while the history of what happened on the Western Front is undoubtedly fascinating, it should not be allowed to obscure the fact that other regions within the global maelstrom stimulated their own debates and arguments.


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