Abstract

Numerous commercial treaties concluded among the countries in Europe and Asia between 1891 and 1914 formed an extensive conventional tariff network, which embodied a mechanism that contributed to the stabilization of international economic-political space by facilitating reciprocal tariff concessions. The idea of network explains the tariff policy of Central Europe in the period and describes how Meiji Japan revised the unequal treaties and entered the arena of international political economy.

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