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By Abe Kobo

Abe Kobo (1924–1993) was once one in all Japan's maximum postwar writers, widely known for his resourceful technology fiction and performs of the absurd. in spite of the fact that, he additionally wrote theoretical feedback for which he's lesser identified, merging literary, historic, and philosophical views into willing reflections at the nature of creativity, the evolution of the human species, and a powerful variety of alternative subjects.

Abe Kobo tackled modern social concerns and literary idea with the intensity and facility of a visionary philosopher. that includes twelve essays from his prolific career―including "Poetry and Poets (Consciousness and the Unconscious)," written in 1944, and "The Frontier inside of, half II," written in 1969―this anthology introduces English-speaking readers to Abe Kobo as critic and highbrow for the 1st time. Demonstrating the significance of his theoretical paintings to a broader realizing of his fiction―and a richer portrait of Japan's postwar imagination―Richard F. Calichman offers an incisive advent to Abe Kobo's achievements and situates his essays traditionally and intellectually.

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In St. Petersburg and in the capitals of Europe, observers saw it as a bridgehead for Russian expansion in East Asia. Major interest in the project was shown by 4 • INTRODUCTION Russia’s crown prince Nicholas, who in 1890 set out on a long trip to East Asia. His final destination was Vladivostok, where he was to lay the cornerstone for the railway terminal. On his way, the crown prince, who three years later became Tsar Nicholas II, visited Japan. There he was attacked by a fanatic policeman (the Otsu Incident), which may have affected his attitude toward Japan.

On 25–29 January 1905, there was a short engagement known as the battle of Sandepu, which ended in great losses but without a significant change in the lines. Both forces were then reinforced during the interlude until the decisive battle of Mukden, fought between 23 February and 10 March 1905. This was the largest engagement in military history until then, and it ended in a THE ORIGINS OF THE RUSSO–JAPANESE WAR • 15 Russian retreat. Both sides suffered horrific casualties. Following the battle, both forces were spent and needed much time to reorganize and replace the casualties.

In Tokyo, prominent figures such as Yamagata Aritomo claimed that Japan had to accept Russian hegemony in Korea for the time being and avoid a situation in which Japan might have to confront all the Western nations on this issue. In May 1896, the representatives of Russia and Japan signed a memorandum in which the latter recognized the new Korean cabinet. The two nations also agreed to station the same number of troops in Korea. A month later, this memorandum was ratified as the Yamagata-Lobanov Agreement during Yamagata’s visit to Moscow for the coronation ceremony of Nicholas II.

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