Mr Steven Kent

Research project: Too much or too little? Evaluating the diplomatic responses by Britain, America and the League of Nations to Japanese Imperialism in the Far East between 1902 and 1945.

Abstract

This study focuses upon diplomatic relations primarily between Britain and Japan, amongst other global powers, between 1902 - 45, covering the period of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance (1902-23), the period following the Alliance prior to the Wall Street Crash (1923-29) and the decade following  until the end of the Pacific War (1930-45)

The period of 1902-45 is one of turbulence for the traditional global order, with the fall of traditional powers giving rise to non-European nations and NGO's. Japan, cautious of the outside world, undoubtedly found navigating the established order of the international community difficult. However, this study aims to ask if (and how) these experiences led Japan towards imperialistic nationalism, or if Japan was "let down" in its expectations of being amongst the Great Powers

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Too much or too little? Evaluating the diplomatic responses by Britain, America and the League of Nations to Japanese Imperialism in the Far East between 1902 and 1945.
  • Research supervisor: Dr Atsuko Ichijo
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Steven Woodbridge

Biography

I focus my research upon diplomatic history, particularly that of British exchanges with the Far East. I have long been fascinated by Japan and Japanese studies (undoubtedly influenced by the volume of Japanese media I subconsciously grew up with), despite engaging with other global histories during my BA and MA studies at Kingston. Other interests include reading and writing historical fiction. I am a member of the Japan Society. 

Areas of research interest

  • International and diplomatic history
  • British Far Eastern foreign and imperial policy
  • Anglo - Japanese Relations 1853-1945
  • The Great Powers
  • Victorian and Edwardian Foreign Policy
  • The First and Second World Wars
  • Inter-war international diplomacy 1919-39
  • Anglo - Chinese relations prior to and following the First Opium War
  • Emotions in history

Qualifications

  • MA History, Kingston University
  • BA Hons Creative Writing and History, Kingston University

Publications

  • Kent, Steven, Enduring Trauma: Female Experiences of Japans "War Gods" (Epoch Magazine, University of Lancaster) September 2020