Competing imperialisms in Northeast Asia: new perspectives, 1894-1953

Aglaia De Angeli (Editor), Peter Robinson (Editor), Peter O'Connor* (Editor), Emma Reisz (Editor), Tsuchiya Reiko (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportBook


In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Japan, China, and both Tsarist Russia and later the USSR, vied for imperial dominance in Northeast Asia. In the process, they contested and at the same time adopted many of the physical and rhetorical features of Old-World imperialism, mitigated by domestic political forces and deeply ingrained cultural and historical values.

With chapters written by scholars from Europe and Asia, including Russia, this collection offers new international and interdisciplinary perspectives on competitions between imperialisms in Northeast Asia in the period 1894–1953, exploring encounters between old rivals and new protagonists. Bringing together specialists from different disciplines and drawing on newly discovered and hard-to-access sources, it presents a uniquely comparative and holistic perspective on the symbiotic relationships between these regional powers and resistance to them. The contributors focus on four key areas: ideology, rivalry and territoriality, social factors, and visual representations.

A valuable resource for students and scholars of modern Northeast Asian history, and highly pertinent to understanding the imperial posturing between some of the same protagonists today.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages290
ISBN (Electronic)9781003126430
ISBN (Print)9780367648237, 9780367648244
Publication statusPublished - 08 Sep 2023
EventCompeting Imperialisms in Northeast Asia: new perspectives - Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 08 Sep 202110 Sep 2021


  • imperialism
  • Northeast Asia
  • China
  • Japan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History

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