The Far Eastern Crisis

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The Far Eastern Crisis

By Henry L. Stimson
Harper published for the Council on Foreign Relations, 1936
293 pp. $3.75

Mr. Stimson was Secretary of State when Japan inaugurated her venture in Manchuria, and he therefore speaks with the fullest authority on the events with which this volume deals. He gives a straight-forward analysis of the reasons determining the American attitude toward Japanese policy in the Far East in 1931-1932 and describes in detail his efforts, both independently and in coöperation with other Powers, to halt military aggression on the Asiatic mainland. With restraint, but nevertheless clearly enough, Mr. Stimson discusses Sir John Simon's lukewarm support of his efforts to arrive at collective action and expresses his conviction that Anglo-American coöperation is indispensable in any effective program for preventing war. Especially informative is his account of the origin of what he calls the doctrine of non-recognition, but what the world knows as the Stimson Doctrine. He also gives an interesting account of his visit to President-elect Roosevelt and the obtaining of assurances that the incoming administration would carry on the Far Eastern policy he had developed.

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