As late as the 1860s, Japan was a semi-feudal nation, largely cut off from the rest of the world.  But within a few decades, the nation had transformed itself into a major industrial power with one of the world’s most well-trained, well-equipped, and well-led militaries.  Between 1905 and 1941, Japan defeated Russia, gained several former German colonies in the Pacific, seized Manchuria, and invaded and conquered much of coastal China.  How did Japan accomplish all this?  In this episode, James and Scott explain Japan’s meteoric rise to world power status.

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