Great Power Strategy in Asia, 1905-2005 analyzes the enduring themes underlying the strategic struggles in East Asia, beginning with the crucial event of the 1904-5 Russo-Japanese War.
Jonathan Bailey clearly shows why military history is highly relevant in understanding today’s strategic problems, and how the most important areas of current affairs have their roots in often forgotten corners of military history. He makes his powerful case in three clear sections:
This book is multidisciplinary, emphasizing the linkages between imperial power-politics, military operations, cultural conflict and commercial rivalry. It is also the story of military innovation, the pathology of learning lessons from the experience of war, and the anticipated rise of Asian, or more specifically Chinese, power a century after the false dawn of the Japanese victory in 1905.
This book will be of great interest to all students of the Russo-Japanese War, Asian security, and of military and strategic studies.
Introduction Part 1: The Russo-Japanese War. A Ten-Year Perspective 1. Portents: Strategy: Racial and Commercial Dynamics/ Military Omens 2. The Experience of 1904-5 3. 1905: The Future of War. A Ten Year Perspective Part 2: From Port Arthur to Pearl Harbour: A Thirty-Five-Year Perspective 4. Grand Strategy: Racial Angst and Diplomatic Odyssey 5. Military Strategy: The Paradox of Inevitability and Surprise 6. Tactics and Technology: Novelty Repeated Part 3: Imperial Tectonics: The Plates Shift. A Centennial Perspective 7. Europe Bows Out 8. Asia on the March 9. America Advances 10. Nippon Resurgat 11. The Next Hundred Years: Chinese Futures 12. Conclusion: Centennial Themes. References. Index