Japan’s Special Position in Manchuria. The International Legal Status of the Kwantung Leased Territory. Japanese Jurisdiction in the South Manchurian Railway Areas
By C. Walter Young
Johns Hopkins Press, 1931, 412249332 pp
These three important volumes appear most opportunely at the moment when reliable information on Manchuria and on Japan's special position there is in urgent demand. They are from the pen of an authority who has lived for a number of years in Manchuria and who has thus had direct access to valuable sources of information. The three volumes comprise a series under the general title "Japan's Jurisdiction and International Legal Position in Manchuria," although each separate book is itself a unified whole. The facts presented are intended for the student of politics, not the historian or the economist, even though the sequence of historical events has been followed, and all the volumes -- particularly the one dealing with Japan's "special position" -- are packed with economic material. Each volume is well documented and indexed, and contains a good map as well as a bibliography.