One of the most important books of the quarter. This volume is part of a general series of studies now being conducted at the University of Chicago on the conduct of foreign relations with reference to the problem of war. It is a scholarly and thoroughly documented analysis of the Japanese constitutional system and of the technique of Japanese diplomacy. The working of the system is demonstrated by the monographic study of a considerable number of outstanding episodes in the diplomatic history of Japan since 1890. The wide use of Japanese materials not ordinarily available to western scholars makes the work indispensable for all students of Far Eastern affairs.