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CLIP 2448

Japanese invasion of Manchuria and the League of Nations' Response

Japanese invasion of Manchuria and the League of Nations' Response

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Key Info
  • Japanese invasion of Manchuria and the League of Nations' Response
  • Duration: 02:29
  • A description of the problems facing Japan during the Depression, using a reconstruction of a speech given by Lt Col Hashimoto Kingoro arguing the only answer to Japan's problems of surplus population was expansion of territory. Using the excuse of anarchy in the Chinese region of Manchuria, where Japan had economic interests, the Japanese invaded in 1931 and set up the puppet government of Manchukuo. The League took a year to respond, but did order Japan to withdraw, leading to a Japanese walkout. In the absence from the League of the USA and the USSR, Japan's main trading partners, the only response left was cosmetic.
  • Credits: Imperial War Museum, British Pathe/ ITN Source
  • Subject:



    International Relations: 1918-1939

  • Keywords: League of Nations, Manchuria, Japan, Manchukuo, Hashimoto Kingoro, anarchy, China in the 1930s, sanctions, causes of Second World War
Ideas for use in class
  • Ask students to consider how far the inability of the League of Nations to deal with Japan over Manchuria was inherent in the Covenant, and how far these problems could have been overcome. Students could be asked to analyse the cartoon at the end of the clip, showing the view that the League only took cosmetic action.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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