1854-1896: How Western Bullying Taught Peaceful Japan Imperialism (VIDEO)

40 years of humiliations led previously inward-looking Japan to set on a drive of militarization, modernization and expansion of its own

Japanese depiction of a US warship, 1854

Japan was a peaceful nation until Commodore Perry arrived and threatened war unless Japan bowed to Western commercial interests. Japan modernized and militarized to survive and quickly devolved into an imperial power itself.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!