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Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, and Japan's Emperor Akihito walk in front of Japanese and Chinese national flags during a welcome ceremony at Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 7, 2008.

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Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

The Lessons of 1914 for East Asia Today: Missing the Trees for the Forest

  • Ja Ian Chong
  • Todd Hall
| Summer 2014

The ubiquitous comparison drawn between pre–World War I Anglo-German antagonism and current U.S.-China relations is flawed. Instead, the outbreak of war in 1914 offers specific lessons for contemporary East Asia concerning the dangers of complex security arrangements, nationalism, and repeated crises.