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Harvard East Asian Monographs #339: The Money Doctors from Japan: Finance, Imperialism, and the Building of the Yen Bloc, 1895-1937

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Money and finance have been among the most potent tools of colonial power. This study investigates the Japanese experiment with financial imperialism—or “yen diplomacy”—at several key moments between the acquisition of Taiwan in 1895 and the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937. Through authoritarian monetary reforms and lending schemes, government officials and financial middlemen served as “money doctors” who steered capital and expertise to Japanese official and semi-official colonies in Taiwan, Korea, China, and Manchuria.

Michael Schiltz points to the paradox of acute capital shortages within the Japan’s domestic economy and aggressive capital exports to its colonial possessions as the inevitable but ultimately disastrous outcome of the Japanese government’s goal to exercise macroeconomic control over greater East Asia and establish a self-sufficient “yen bloc.” Through their efforts to implement their policies and contribute to the expansion of the Japanese empire, the “money doctors” brought to the colonies a series of banking institutions and a corollary capitalist ethos, which would all have a formidable impact on the development of the receiving countries, eventually affecting their geopolitical position in the postcolonial world.

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This study investigates the Japanese experiment with financial imperialism--or "yen diplomacy"--at several key moments between the acquisition of Taiwan in 1895 and the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937, and how these practices impacted the development of receiving nations and defined their geopolitical position in the postcolonial world.

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Michael Schiltz is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Japanese Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674062498
Author:
Schiltz, Michael
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
World History-Asia
Subject:
World History-Japan
Subject:
History, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Business & Economics-Money & Monetary Policy
Subject:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations/General
Series:
Harvard East Asian Monographs
Series Volume:
339
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 halftones, 1 map, 18 tables
Pages:
290
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General
History and Social Science » World History » Japan

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"Synopsis" by , This study investigates the Japanese experiment with financial imperialism--or "yen diplomacy"--at several key moments between the acquisition of Taiwan in 1895 and the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937, and how these practices impacted the development of receiving nations and defined their geopolitical position in the postcolonial world.
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