War and Armament Expenditures of Japan

War and Armament Expenditures of Japan

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War and Armament Expenditures of Japan

War and Armament Expenditures of Japan

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The present volume is intended to set forth the results of a statistical investigation of the economic effects of the wars in which Japan has taken part since the beginning of the Meiji Era (1868), particularly from the standpoint of expenditures for war and armament. This volume forms part of the whole historical investigation into the relations of war and armament to the national economy since the first year of the Meiji Era, as embraced in the other volumes dealing with Taxes for War and Armament, Loans for War and Armament, the System of Conscription, the Sino-Japanese War Expenditures, the Russo-Japanese War Expenditures, and the Development of Military Industries. It may be said that this volume stands as an introduction to all the above-mentioned works.

The present investigation being mainly a statistical exposition of the relations of war and armament to economy from the standpoint of state expenditures, it may seem as if almost the entire volume is devoted to compilations of figures. I trust, however, that the reader will duly appreciate the painstaking care which the compilers have taken in extracting the figures of expenditures for war and armament from the Annual Accounts extending over the past forty-six years, in arranging them in a proper way, and in giving careful explanations of their nature and significance. Those who will study these figures with considerable care will be able to comprehend various other points not supplied by the compiler.

The value of the materials of a book is generally proportionate to their degree of accuracy. In the present undertaking the compilers did their utmost to make the figures correct; but notwithstanding all the pains they have bestowed on its execution, there may be room for criticism of their manner of selecting and arranging the innumerable items laboriously extracted from the big volumes containing the vast Annual Accounts. In the preparation of this volume and the other volumes of . . .

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