Democracy and the Eastern Question: The Problem of the Far East as Demonstrated by the Great War, and Its Relation to the United States of America

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DEMOCRACY AND
THE EASTERN QUESTION

CHAPTER I
THE ISSUE

The problem as posed in the East--The issue the same as in Europe --Militarism versus democracy--Hopes of the democratic peoples of Asia--Causes of war in the far East--Dr. Charles Eliot's report--Dangerous tendencies--Protagonists of the new order--Viscount Grey on a league of nations--Relation of the Eastern question to a league-- The opposing theory--Marquis Okuma on diplomacy--Craft and secrecy its requisites--Okuma and Bernhardi--Japan and the question of alliances--Japan and the spoils of war--Dr. Nitobe's opinions--The Anglo- Japanese Alliance--Its relation to a league of nations--Proposed by Germany--Reasons for the alliance analyzed--Alliances and the causes of war--The war cloud in the far East--Need for measures to prevent war--The problem and the United States--Essence of the problem.

THE problem of the Great War and its aftermath as posed in the far East is identical in principle with the same problem elsewhere in the world. In Europe the issue is seen distinctly as a conflict of opposing theories of international polity, termed concisely militarism and democracy.

In Europe Germany is taken as the apotheosis of autocratic militarism, and contrasted with her, with a feeling of being marked for her impending assault or aggression, were nations that were weaker in the sense of being less ready and efficient for war because they are more democratic. In the far East Japan stands for autocracy and militarism, and China has the position of the weak and apprehensive democ-

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