East Asian politics at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition.

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The Progress of Manchuria’ is plastered boldly across one side of the page in this persuasive pamphlet issued by the South Manchuria Railway at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. Text and photographs highlight the alleged economic impact of Japanese intervention in the region, and the increased economic trade with the United States as a result. Carefully selected graphs emphasize population growth and commodities exchange, though it fails to mention that many of these were refugees fleeing famine and the increased exports further strained the food supply.

The accompanying map uses the title of the puppet state, Manchukuo, and includes the adjacent territory of Jehol (modern-day Rehe). This area was captured by the Japanese invasion in January of 1933 and officially annexed shortly thereafter. Railways, steamer routes, and telegraph cables are noted – all further signs of the ‘Progress of Manchuria.’

Map Details

Publication Date: 1933

Author: South Manchuria Railway

Sheet Width (in): 11.75

Sheet Height (in): 17.75

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Lightly creased and minor wear along former fold lines. Small smudge at the center middle, near the top of the page. A bit of discoloration and spotting on the verso that does not affect the image.


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