Describe the key features of the Manchurian crisis.

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The Manchurian crisis, also known as the Mukden Incident, occurred in 1931 and allowed Japan to have a pretext for taking over Manchuria.

Japan had been wanting an empire, and had a large presence in Manchuria.  It had troops there to guard a railroad and it had many businessmen there...

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The Manchurian crisis, also known as the Mukden Incident, occurred in 1931 and allowed Japan to have a pretext for taking over Manchuria.

Japan had been wanting an empire, and had a large presence in Manchuria.  It had troops there to guard a railroad and it had many businessmen there as well.  Many of the more imperialistic members of the Japanese military wanted to take full control of the region.  Therefore, some members of the military set off an explosion near the railroad and blamed it on the Chinese.  This led to fighting which Japan won.  Within 6 months, Japan controlled Manchuria and had set up a puppet state there.

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