April 2018--Korea, Historically Troublesome?
by John T. Kuehn
All eyes, or at least many eyes, are focused on Korea these days, especially its northern component. Recently, I, too, wrote about a war that might erupt, although not the one many forecaste. https://taskandpurpose.com/china-russia-2020-war/
125 years ago Korea entered the spotlight of military history, for the first time for many westerners, during the Sino-Japanese War, a war about who would come to dominate Korea. Japan won that one, but it only caused another power to intervene, Russia. Another war was fought a few years later, in 1904-1905, the Russo-Japanese War, and again Japan came out on top, although that war was also about Manchuria as well as about Japan's presence in Korea.
Today the only new player in all of this is the United States. However, the Russia-China relationship here has always seemed to elude observers and writers. A US President even won a Nobel Peace Prize as a result (Teddy Roosevelt). It was the veritable "middle east" hot spot of its day. Why is it so many --at least in the West--are unfamiliar with this vital miltiary history of the region, that history running from 1894 to 1905?
John T. Kuehn