Japanese Expansion in East Asia (1931–1941)

TOPIC OVERVIEW

Causes of expansion

  • The impact of Japanese nationalism and militarism on foreign policy
  • Japanese domestic issues: political and economic issues, and their impact on foreign relations
  • Political instability in China

Events

  • Japanese invasion of Manchuria and northern China (1931)
  • Sino-Japanese War (1937–1941)
  • The Three Power/Tripartite Pact; the outbreak of war; Pearl Harbor (1941)

Responses

  • League of Nations and the Lytton report
  • Political developments within China—the Second United Front
  • International response, including US initiatives and increasing tensions between the US and Japan

Video Overview: Japan 1931 - 1939