What were the lessons of the Manchurian Crisis?

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In 1931, Imperial Japan invaded Manchuria, on China's eastern seaboard. This came about after the so-called Mukden Incident, when a section of the South Manchurian Railway—in which the Japanese were heavily invested—was blown up by saboteurs. The Japanese accused the Chinese of carrying out the attack, but in actual fact it was a false-flag operation by the Japanese themselves to provide a pretext for invasion.

After the Japanese invasion, the Chinese government appealed to the League of Nations for help. Japan was a member of the League and, as such, was...

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