1936 Large'Latest Map of the Situation in Europe' Japanese World War II

A Japanese perspective on the European Crisis in the lead-up to World War II. Depicting European military power on the eve of the European crisis that would lead to World War II, this map appeared in the January 1, 1936 (Showa 11) New Year’s edition of King??? Magazine, a major monthly periodical. It provides a great deal of information on the military and economic situation in Europe at the time and the relationship of Japan to the emerging European conflict. Aside from the map itself, insets, charts, and graphs discuss the trade (including bilateral trade with Japan), military strength (broken down into land, sea, and air forces), and diplomatic relations of European powers. A legend notes roads, railways, sea and air routes, ports, wireless telegraph stations, cities, the locations of Japanese consulates and embassies, and geographic features. Two inset maps sit below the legend: the map at right shows Europe’s borders before the Great War, while the map at left shows the distribution of ethnicities and’races’ in Europe according to a color-coding system, with Latins as brown,’Teutons’ as red, Slavs as green, Celts as purple, and Asians as yellow. This map was published at a time when Europe and the world began sliding towards a major conflict. Japan had already invaded Manchuria in 1931 and established a puppet state more than twice the size of the Japanese home islands, an act that some historians consider the true beginning of the Second World War. It further occupied large portions of northern China in the mid-1930s and took an increasingly strident tone in its relations with foreign powers, especially Great Britain and the U. In Europe, soon before this map’s publication, Italy had invaded Ethiopia and established the Rome-Berlin Axis with Nazi Germany (which Japan was already eager to join). The Soviet Union, and to a lesser extent the United States, was the common denominator between the situations in Europe and Asia. Both Japan and Germany viewed the Soviets as hellbent on exporting Communism and frustrating their own ambitions. By the end of 1936, Japan and Germany had signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, a predecessor to the Tripartite Pact signed with Italy in 1940. Within a year of this map’s publication, the Spanish Civil War also began, becoming a major proxy conflict between competing European powers. The following July, Japan and China would bring a full-scale conflict, one that would eventually lead Japan to set its sights on Southeast Asia and eventually lead to conflict with the U. This map was edited by Fuchida Tadayoshi???? , engraved by Mori Yoshio??? , and printed by Yokota Shuji???? , both of Dai Nippon Printing????????? , and published by Dai Nippon Yu¯benkai Ko¯dansha????????? As a supplement to the January 1, 1936 (Showa 11) edition of King magazine. Condition is very good. Minor visible loss, some discoloration and spotting. Dimensions: 108 x 77 cm (42.5 x 30.5 in). We are always happy to consider reasonable offers. This item is in the category “Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Europe Maps”. The seller is “neatlinemaps” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Cartographer/Publisher: Fuchida Tadayoshi (淵田忠良)
  • Original/Reproduction: Vintage Original
  • Format: Wall Map
  • Year: 1936
  • Date Range: 1930-1939
  • Country/Region: Germany, France, Spain, England, Italy
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