Building a Modern Japan: Science, Technology, and Medicine in the Meiji Era and Beyond / Edition 1

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In the late nineteenth century, the Japanese embarked on a program of westernization in the hope of building a strong and modern nation. Science, technology and medicine played an important part, showing European nations that Japan was a world power worthy of respect. But how well-organized was the state and how close were government-business relations? The book seeks to answer these questions and others.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It seems that a new scholarship is emerging from English-writing scholars of Japanese modernization and industrialization. This book admirably covers different aspects of Japanese modernization, science and technology, gender, health care and traditional technology especially from the viewpoint of cultural and gender studies." —Shigeru Nakayama, Kanagawa University

"A pioneering study in English of how science, medicine, and technology helped to transform Japan in the turbulent years after the Meiji Restoration. Morris Low is to be praised for assembling this excellent collection." —James R. Bartholomew, The Ohio State University

"Low is to be commended for assembling a collection of such valueable essays by both leading senioe and junior scholars in Building a Modern Japan.  What this collection--together with some of Low's other recently published works--proves is that the history of science of Japan has indeed become a well-established and growning field outside Japan itself." —Walter Grunden, ISIS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403968326
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/6/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Morris Low is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Science, Medicine and a Healthy Nation
• The Rise of Scientific Medicine in Japan: Bacteriology and Beriberi--Christian Oberlander
• Male Anxieties: Nerve Force, Nation, and the Power of Sexual Knowledge--Sabine Fruhstuck
• The Female Body and Eugenic Thought in Meiji Japan--Sumiko Otsubo
• Racialising of Bodies Through Science in Meiji Japan: The Rise of Race-Based Research in Gynecology--Yuki Terazawa
• Doctors, Disease and Development: Engineering Colonial Public Health in Southern Manchurua, 1905-1926--Robert J. Perrins
Technology, Industry and Nation
The Mechanization of Japan's Silk Industry and the Quest for Progress and Civilization, 1870-1880--David G. Wittner
• A Miracle of Industry: The Struggle to Produce Sheet Glass in Modernizing Japan--Martha Chaiklin
• The Modernity of Carpenters: Daiku Technique and Meiji Technocracy--Gregory Clancey
• The Impact of the Great Depression: The Japan Spinners Association, 1927-1936--W. Miles Fletcher

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