Sokolov, Boris

Japan. With interesting maps.

Japan. With interesting maps.

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Sokolov, Boris [Japan]. Iaponiia.

Second revised edition.
Series Nauchno-populiarnaia biblioteka.

Moskva, Leningrad, Partizdat, 1934.
8vo, 109, [2] pp., ill.,

In original blue-gray cloth and pictorial dust jacket.
In good condition, light wear to dj, small stains to top edge, dj with minimal repair.

This expanded book was compiled by Boris Sokolov (1901-1963), an economist and orientalist, based on his earlier work titled "Imperialist Japan" (1932). He lectured and conducted research at Far Eastern State University, the Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow, and the Institute of World Economy and World Politics of the USSR Academy of Sciences. There is some limited information suggesting that he faced repression, but without specific details.
The book provides insights into Japan during its time and focuses on the growth and development of Japanese imperialism, Japanese military operations (particularly in China). The final section is dedicated to the relationship between Japan and the USSR.
The book is richly illustrated with hand-drawn style illustrations and includes two photomontages. Among the illustrations, it's worth mentioning depictions of Korean villages (Korea was ruled as a part of the Empire of Japan from 1910 to 1945), labor and antiwar demonstrations, the cabinet of ministers with Prime Minister Viscount Saitō Makoto, the Japanese army and its weaponry, Japanese fascists, and Soviet military parade. Most likely, some illustrations were created based on old photos of Japan (for example, "Umbrella Maker" by Elstner Hilton, 1914).
Especially interesting are the maps of U.S., British, and Japanese naval bases in the Pacific Ocean, as well as the map of Japan at the end of this book. The latter map depicts, as part of Japan, Korea, a portion of Sakhalin, the Kuril Islands, the Island of Formosa (Taiwan), Palau, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Marshall Islands.

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