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Japan and East Asia

Documentary Analyses, 1920-45

By (author) Stuart Kirby
Format: Hardback
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Imprint: British Academic Press
Published: 31st Dec 1994
Dimensions: w 142mm h 223mm d 18mm
Weight: 345g
ISBN-10: 1850437025
ISBN-13: 9781850437024
Barcode No: 9781850437024
Synopsis
With the establishment of a Swiss legation in Tokyo in 1920, neutral Switzerland became uniquely placed to gather first-class intelligence on Japan and the region Japan dominated before and during World War II. The documents from the Swiss Federal archives reveal intelligence collected on Japan, China, Russia and the other parts of East Asia. Based on the communications between the Swiss government in Berne and its diplomats and agents in Tokyo, the documents cover a huge area from Arctic Siberia to the north of Australia. The documents give insight into international politics during a very turbulent period of modern history and demonstrate that Switzerland's need for first-class intelligence created for it the role of an extraordinary "thinking post" in world politics. The author sets the context and provides notes and commentary on the documents.

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