Imperial links: The Italian-Ethiopian war and Japanese new order thinking, 1935-6

Reto Thomas Hofmann*


研究成果: Review article査読

3 被引用数 (Scopus)


This article investigates Japanese New Order thinking in terms of the political and cultural debates sparked by the Italian aggression of Ethiopia (1935-6). Interpreting the war in light of Japan's earlier conquest of Manchuria (1931), Japanese ideologues, policymakers, and journalists expressed a mixture of rage and relief. On one side, they regarded Fascist Italy's war as old-fashioned Western imperialism-from which Japan claimed to be liberating Asia. On the other side, they concluded that the Italian-Ethiopian war accelerated the collapse of the international order established after the First World War. In this way the Japanese recognized a commonality of interest with Mussolini's attempt to contrast the League of Nations and the Great Powers by means of empire-building. This article argues that, in the attempt to overcome the international order centered on the League of Nations, Imperial Japan's fascist tendencies overlapped with Fascist Italy's imperial policies - and that Japanese observers were conscious of (albeit often ambivalent about) this unexpected ideological common ground. Ultimately, the article attempts to shed new light on the relationship between imperialism and fascism in the interwar period.

ジャーナルJournal of Contemporary History
出版ステータスPublished - 2015 4月 18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • カルチュラル スタディーズ
  • 履歴
  • 社会学および政治科学


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