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6 But it is precisely this connection that I draw attention to in the present work while avoiding (I hope) facile direct analogies or erroneous assertions about national predispositions to conquest or aggression. Given the tense state of affairs in Northeast Asia today, it seems imperative that we arrive at a deeper understanding of the historical backdrop to contemporary concerns as well as look at more positive historical ties. Unlike some writers, who maintain that the events of Japan’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century expansionism had absolutely nothing to do with that nation’s historical experience prior to the nineteenth century, I suggest that the explicit references to the war of the late sixteenth century by scholars, politicians, colonial overlords, and colonial victims in twentieth-century Korea and China testify to its continuing relevance.
5 But for all his faults, Wanli was very interested in and devoted to maintaining Ming military supremacy in Asia. 6 He viewed military affairs as one of the areas in which he could assert his will and did so fairly often, especially in the first three decades of his reign. Even toward the end of his reign, Wanli remained concerned about the growing Manchu threat and approved the release of funds and the dispatch of the aforementioned Ming expeditionary force to meet the Manchus in Liaodong in 1619.
Swope FM-End 10/19/09 3:39 PM Page 5 INTRODUCTION 5 and cloak Japan’s actions by praising Hideyoshi for enshrining the spirits of the dead. With respect to the Mimizuka, Korean opinion has been divided. Some have suggested leveling the mound to erase its shameful memory, while others advocate repatriating the remains to Korea. But the Japanese government’s position has been that because the mound is a national landmark, it should not be disturbed. ”4 Although a seminal event in the region’s history, the First Great East Asian War (as I prefer to call it) is barely known outside East Asia.