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Monster of the Twentieth Century
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Monster of the Twentieth Century: Kōtoku Shūsui and Japan's First Anti-Imperialist Movement

Robert Thomas Tierney


This extended monograph examines the radical journalist Kōtoku Shūsui and the anti-imperialist movement of the early twentieth-century Japan, and it includes the first English translation of Kōtoku Shūsui’s classic 1901 work, Teikokushugi (Imperialism). Shūsui was a Japanese socialist, anarchist, and critic of Japan’s imperial expansionism, who was executed in 1911 for his alleged participation in a plot to kill the emperor. Imperialism was one of the first systematic criticisms of imperialism published anywhere in the world. In this seminal text, he condemns global imperialism as the commande ... More

Keywords: imperialism, anti-imperialist movement, pacifism, Japan, Russo-Japanese War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520286344
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286344.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Thomas Tierney, author
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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