• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Can the handling of Foreign policy by the British Governments of 1931-6 be defended?

Extracts from this document...


Can the handling of Foreign policy by the British Governments of 1931-6 be defended? The problem of Japan By the 1920s Japan was a major imperial power. It had secured Formosa from China in 1895; Korea from Russia in 1905 and after 1914 had taken all German colonies in China and the Pacific north of the equator. It also had substantial interests in Manchuria, a large province, which it had leased from China. The Japanese people, disappointed with their gains from the First World War favoured expansion. The political turmoil in China and its policies toward Japan provided incitement to Japan to intervene in Manchuria. ...read more.


China was expecting Article 16 to be invoked but the League of Nations failed to do so. There can be many reasons attributed to this, the first of which is the fact that Japanese and Chinese soldiers were repeatedly involved in frays. This meant there was no concrete evidence that Japan had resorted to war. Whether this simply acted as an excuse for the League not to get involved or they didn't want to act without certain knowledge is irrelevant, as it doesn't take away the fact that they had a reason not to act. By February 1932 Japan had control of all Manchuria and had set up the puppet state Manchuko. ...read more.


Britain also had enough problems of its own; its navy was too weak to enforce sanctions and the troops they had in the area were undefended and USA refused to enforce League action. Britain's main aim was to try and make China and Japan come to an agreement. In conclusion Britain had no choice but to act in the way it did, they were fully justified in not using military force to settle the conflict, and if the finger should be pointed at any country for not taking action against Japan it should be at the USA. They time and time again failed to come through for Britain because of economically motivated reasons and they were the integral part of Britain securing an agreement for China and Japan. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. The Prelude to the 1975 War and the Cairo Agreement.

    benefited Sunnis rather than Shi'is, were grateful to Frangieh for sparing them a possible contretemps with Syria. The Lebanese Forces were not ammused with the new Gemayel-Syria realtionship and Gemayel's gestures towards Syria. The election of Amin Gemayel to the presidency of Lebanon had far reaching consequences for the Lebanese Forces.

  2. Consider How Far Gladstone And Disraeli Differed In Their Policies Regarding The British Empire ...

    These are evidence of Disraeli's rashness and lack of interest in issues out of the public, media and political spotlight as he failed to monitor these situations carefully and sort out growing problems before they came to a head. Disraeli was a great lover of empire, which was perhaps why

  1. To what extent can Britain's policy towards Germanybefore Munichbe defended?

    his period as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Chamberlain had been closely involved in the evolution of Britain's defence and foreign policies. In fact when Chamberlain comes to power in 1937 appeasement had been a British policy since 1919, Chamberlain simply maintains Britain's tradition policy.

  2. The Foreign Policy of the Lone Superpower

    the chance to be seen in all angles, including the not-so-good ones. Especially after the 9/11 incident, wherein Bush's "War on Terror" has forced the United States into a new armed conflict in the Middle East, new anti-American sentiments has resurfaced on all parts of the globe.

  1. Discussing Japan.

    Japan imports 10% of it's goods from the E.U, 8% from the Middle East, 30% from Asia, 6% from China, 6% from Indonesia, 5% from Hong Kong, 4% from Taiwan, 5% from Australia, 26% from North America, 23% from the U.S.A and 21% from other countries.

  2. The role of foreign policy on democratic transitions in Armenia and Azerbaijan

    domestic politics to understand the process of democratization, it is not sufficient to explain everything. Moreover, we can say that this is not a situation unique to Armenia and Azerbaijan but can be applied in most cases to newly independent states, or states undergoing democratization.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work