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The Russo-Japanese War 1904-05

The Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 was not a sudden event. The war was the result of the bitter rivalry and competition between two powers in Far East. The surprising factor in the whole event was that a tiny Asian power was able to defeat a mighty western power who had been basking in its past glory. It marked the rise of Japan over the horizon as a world power. The war showed the incompetence of Tsar Nicholas II and paved the ground for the future revolution in Russia,

The Russo-Japanese war can be divided into following parts:
1. Road to war: There was stiff competition between Russia and Japan over the territories of Manchuria in China and Korea. These clash of interests resulted in the conflict in 1905
2. The course of the War: The conditions of the war were favorable for Japanese. Vice Admiral Togo won great victories at sea
3. Results of the War
4. Consequences of the Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905

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The Russo-Japanese War: 1904-1905

The Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) was a military conflict between Japan, a tiny Asian power and a mighty western power, Russia. The origins of the war can be traced back to the imperialism in Far East. During 20th century, Korea and China were at the mercy of imperial powers. After the Treaty of Shimonseki, Japan was threatened by the exceeding influence of Russia in Korea. Russia also established her sphere of influence in Manchuria. Her naval presence and fortifications were a threat to Peking and Soul. In order to understand Russo-Japanese War, it is better to consider the position of Manchuria. Manchuria had tremendous agricultural and mineral wealth. It was a favorite place for Chinese and that same reason they ruled it directly from the capital. Japan and Russia had an eye on Manchuria solely because of her prosperity and imperial designs.
The Russian interests in Manchuria were economical. She started an ambitious policy to construct railroad connecting Siberia between 1896 and 1899. When Russians got the Chinese territory as a lease, she built Port Arthur, the strongest naval port in the East. However, Russian interest in Korea was not economical, but political. Her intentions in Korea were clearly hostile in nature.

It is a fact that Japan had economic interest in Manchuria, but beyond that she was concerned about the Russian foreign policy. Korea was the life blood of Japan. She had great financial interests in that country. When Russia slowly advanced towards south, Japan feared that her security would be indirectly affected through Korea. Japan sought an agreement with Russia to solve the Korean issue. She offered Russia peace, if the latter recognizes her superiority in Korea, but Russia rejected it.

The Russian policy in Manchuria before 1900 was worthwhile in understanding the causes of the war. When Boxer Rebellion broke out Russia intervened to ...

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The solution gives step by step information about Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) The student gets a glimpse of the background, course and consequences of the war. The chronology of events, pacts, conventions, treaties, course, and consequences of the war would definitely helpful to understand the history of the war in an in-depth manner.