Geography And Japan's Strategic Choices: From Seclusion to Internationalization

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Geography, this author contends, is the indisputably unique feature of any country. Geography and Japan's Strategic Choices begins by explaining Japan's unique location and topography in comparison to other countries. Peter Woolley then examines the ways in which the country's political leaders in various eras understood and acted on those geographical limitations and advantages. Proceeding chronologically through several distinct political eras, the book compares the Tokugawa era, the opening to the West, the Meiji Restoration, the long era of colonialization, industrialization and liberalization, the militarist reaction and World War II, the occupation, the Cold War, and finally the rudderless fin de siecle. Finally Woolley demonstrates how Japan's strategic situation in the twenty-first century is informed by past and present geo-strategic calculations as well as by current domestic and international changes. For students and scholars of U.S.-Japan relations and of Japanese history and politics, this book offers any informed reader a fresh perspective on a critical international relationship.

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"Peter Woolley has produced a valuable politico-historical study of Japan's strategic dilemmas, ranging from the sixteenth century to the global war on terror. While fundamentally sympathetic to the Japanese, the author is mindful of the anxieties they continue to create among neighboring countries. Based on extensive research, animated by fresh perspectives, and punctuated with arresting insights, GEOGRAPHY AND JAPAN'S STRATEGIC CHOICES will be a most useful addition to collections on modern Japan, strategic culture, and East Asian international relations." --Anthony James Joes, professor of political science, St. Joseph's University

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Woolley (comparative politics, Fairleigh Dickinson U.) analyzes the geopolitics of Japanese international relations from the 16th century to the present. Primarily looking at issues of war, he describes how Japanese leaders' perceptions of their geographical position have influenced their strategic decisions over the years. Distributed in the US by

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