Russo-Japanese War

The Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) was the cause of expanding imperial interests of Japan and Russia in Manchuria and Korea. The result of the war was an unexpected defeat of Russia. This changed the balance of power in Asia and humiliated Russia. The humiliation was encapsulated through the severe naval defeat at the Battle of Tsushima. This heightened tensions in Russia, as people believed the defeat highlighted the incompetence of the government and the Tsar. It acted as a contributing factor to the 1905 Revolution.