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Monster of the Twentieth CenturyKōtoku Shūsui and Japan's First Anti-Imperialist Movement$
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Robert Thomas Tierney

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286344

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286344.001.0001

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What Is Imperialism?

What Is Imperialism?

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(p.36) What Is Imperialism?
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Monster of the Twentieth Century
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Robert Thomas Tierney

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286344.003.0003

In the second chapter, I consider how Kōtoku defines imperialism, and I place his definition in the context of international and domestic debates on imperialism. The term imperialism enters Japanese discourse in 1898 and generates a lively debate. In line with his contemporaries, Kōtoku identifies imperialism with military expansionism but maintains a more ambivalent posture toward economic expansionism. Besides considering the theses of his book Imperialism, I look at his published writings on Korea and Manchuria.

Keywords:   translation, Tokutomi Sohō, Ukita Kazutami, military expansionism, economic expansionism, Korea, Manchuria, immigration, railroads

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