Historical Dictionary of Tokyo

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Tokyo is Japan's largest city and its capital. It is also one of the largest cities in the world and a major center of global economic influence. The origins of human settlement in what is today Tokyo are lost in prehistory. The city started out quite modestly as a small castle town of Edo in 1457, then the center of the Tokugawa shogunate from 1603-1868, the rapidly modernizing and Westernizing capital of the nation during the Meiji Period (1868-1912), and the capital of a prosperous nation and growing empire ...

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Overview

Tokyo is Japan's largest city and its capital. It is also one of the largest cities in the world and a major center of global economic influence. The origins of human settlement in what is today Tokyo are lost in prehistory. The city started out quite modestly as a small castle town of Edo in 1457, then the center of the Tokugawa shogunate from 1603-1868, the rapidly modernizing and Westernizing capital of the nation during the Meiji Period (1868-1912), and the capital of a prosperous nation and growing empire thereafter. Tokyo was utterly devastated during World War II, but this was not the first time Tokyo had to start seemingly from new. Due to many fires and earthquakes, the city has constantly rebuilt itself and today it outdoes all its previous emanations by far. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Tokyo is a much-needed reference source on the city. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on people, places, events, and other terminology about the city of Tokyo. This book is a must for anyone interested in Japan and Tokyo.

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American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This well-researched volume belongs to Scarecrow Press’s Historical Dictionaries of Cities, States, and Regions series. It offers a chronology, introduction, bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on people, places, events, and important historical terms often seen in the history of Tokyo....The dictionary section is the main part of the work but the author has also provided an in-depth bibliography that is organized by subject and includes general studies, critical scholarship, Internet resources, and more. This book brims with information about the people, culture, history, and geography of this influential Eastern city. It would well serve high school, college, and public libraries.
American Reference Books Annual
This well-researched volume belongs to Scarecrow Press’s Historical Dictionaries of Cities, States, and Regions series. It offers a chronology, introduction, bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on people, places, events, and important historical terms often seen in the history of Tokyo....The dictionary section is the main part of the work but the author has also provided an in-depth bibliography that is organized by subject and includes general studies, critical scholarship, Internet resources, and more. This book brims with information about the people, culture, history, and geography of this influential Eastern city. It would well serve high school, college, and public libraries.
Booknews
Launching a new series to parallel and complement others produced by Scarecrow, Cybriwsky (geography and urban studies, Temple U.- Philadelphia and Tokyo) offers a chronology of the Japanese capital, maps, paragraph-long entries on all aspects, a topically classified bibliography, and appendices of statistics. Very well cross-referenced. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Roman Adrian Cybriwsky is professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine. He has published several books on Japan and Tokyo, including the first edition of Historical Dictionary of Tokyo (Scarecrow Press, 1996).

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