The Russo-Japanese War

The XIX century was the era of European colonialism. Russia, which had already occupied Siberia, started building the Trans-Siberian Railway (1891 - 1904): this made possible to get to Vladivostok and Porth Arthur going through Chinese Manchuria. Japan, which under mikado Mutsu Hito (1867 - 1912) had opened to Western culture, worried about Russian expansion. This led to the Russo-Japanese war (1904-1905), which Russia lost. The war ended with the mediation of the president of the USA Theodor Roosevelt: Russia had to give Manchuria back to China and then Korea and Port Arthur to Japan (Treaty of Portsmouth - 1905).

♣ Interesting links:
The Russo-Japanese War Research Society
The Russo-Japanese War ~ Russianabroad . com
The Russo-Japanese War Chronology ~ Early 20th Century Timelines
Japan Russia War 1904-1905 ~ Wars of the World
Russo-Japanese War ~ Spartacus Educational

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