Мартин Милчев Димитров – докторант, Исторически факултет, СУ „Св. Климент Охридски“
The Territorial Dispute between Russia and Japan through the Lens of International Law
Martin Milchev Dimitrov – PhD student, Faculty of History, SU “St. Kliment Ohrdiski”
The report presents the basic international agreements which relate to the disposition of the Russian-Japanese frontier throughout history, in light of the dispute concerning the so called “Northern Territories”. Given are the stances of both governments on those key documents, along with the influence these agreements have in shaping the narratives of both parties, in which each side claims to justify their own point of view.
Russia, Japan, USSR, Kuril Islands, International law, territorial dispute, „Northern Territories“
Мартин Милчев Димитров, Исторически факултет, СУ „Св. Климент Охридски“
The Territorial Dispute in Russo-Japanese Relations – Past and Future
Martin Milchev Dimitrov, Faculty of History, SU “St. Kliment Ohridski”
The report offers a brief overview of the history of the territorial dispute between Russia and Japan from the establishment of relations in the 19th century, through the Soviet era and the Cold War, to the present day tenures of President Putin and Prime minister Abe, respectively.
Outlined in the second part are a few factors which influence the trends toward possible resolution, or failure to resolve, the territorial dispute. The report concludes that given the current state of affairs, full normalization of relations between the two countries is highly unlikely in the foreseeable future.
Keywords: Japan, Russia, USSR, territorial dispute, Northern Territories, Kuril Islands, normalization, diplomacy
JAPAN’S VICTORY IN THE RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR – A TRIUMPH OR A DISAPPOINTMENT?
The report outlines the specific military and geopolitical aspects of the events during the closing months and the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese War, thus challenging the widely held view that Japan accomplishes a stunning victory over the much more powerful Russian Empire in the beginning of the 20th century.
Keywords: Russia, Japan, war, East Asia, peace treaty, disappointment
THE REFORMS OF MEIJI JAPAN AND CHINA’S “SELF-STRENGTHENING” MOVEMENT- A COMPARISON
Abstract: The report follows the de velopment of the western-style modernization movements that emerge in China and Japan during the second half of the 19th century. It takes into account their similar motives and goals, but stresses mostly on their differences, in an attempt to find the reasons for, what are considered by most, the failure of the former and the success of the latter.
Keywords: Meiji, Self-strengthening, Qing, modernization, politics