This study explores the Japanese motivations in raising the proposal for racial equality at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. This is the first comprehensive analysis of an historically significant event which has not been given adequate scholarly attention in the past. The story which unfolds underlines the complexity of politics and diplomacy surrounding the racial equality proposal and analyses the effect of the failure of the proposal on Japan's politics in the 1920s and 1930s.
'The case studies in general are extremely detailed, very well researched and provide excellent reference material on regional co-operative arrangements as NAFTA abd EMU' - Ella Kavanagh, National University of Ireland for The Business Economist
'This study is a valuable addition to the history of Japan's international relations in the twentieth century. Dr Shimazu has researched her chosen subject meticulously and presents her arguments and conclusions with clarity and objectivity' Hugh Cortazzi, The Japan Society, Spring 99, Number 132