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Between 1895 and 1945, Japan was the first non-Western power to build an extensive empire in Asia. This course will introduce the rise of Japan as a late-imperialist power and its rivalries with the West and China. It will examine the nature of Japanese colonial rule in Asia by focusing on the case study of Taiwan (1895-1945), Japan's first and longest-ruled overseas colony. Although Japan's empire fell with its defeat to the United States in 1945, the legacies of empire have continued to shape Japan and Taiwan's relations not only with each other but also with neighboring countries in East Asia today.

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