JCC- Russia

Crisis

The Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 was one of the most pivotal moments in the history of both Europe and Asia during the early twentieth century. The conflict was the culmination of ever-growing imperialist competition between the militarily seasoned, gigantic Russia and the rapidly industrializing Empire of Japan. After a year and a half of fighting through brutal land and naval battles, Japan stunned the West by securing a decisive victory over Russia—the first time in modern history that an Asian nation had defeated a European power. The war had several key implications for the future of both Europe and Asia, helping catalyze critical political shifts in Russia and establishing Japan as a force to be reckoned with in the East.