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The Human Tradition in Modern Japan is a collection of short biographies of ordinary Japanese men and women, most of them unknown outside their family and locality, whose lives collectively span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Their stories present a counterweight to the prevailing stereotypes, providing students with depictions of real people through the records they have left-records that detail experiences and aspirations.
The Human Tradition in Modern Japan offers a human-scale perspective that focuses on individuals, reconstitutes the meaning of people's experiences as they lived through them, and puts a human face on history. It skillfully bridges the divides between the sexes, between the local and the national, and between rural and urban, as well as spanning crucial moments in the history of modern Japan.
The Human Tradition in Modern Japan is an excellent resource for courses on Japanese history, East Asian history, and peoples and cultures of Japan.
|Introduction: Tracking People in the Past|
|I||The World of Shogun, Samurai, and Court, 1600-1868||1|
|1||Shinanomiya Tsuneko: Portrait of a Court Lady||3|
|2||Mori Yoshiki: Samurai Government Office||25|
|II||The Meiji Restoration and the Transformation of State and Society||43|
|3||Nishimiya Hide: Turning Palace Arts into Marketable Skills||45|
|4||The Ishizaka of Notsuda: A Family in Transition||61|
|III||Building the Modern State||77|
|5||Hatoyama Haruko: Ambitious Woman||81|
|6||Jahana Noboru: Okinawan Activist and Scholar||99|
|7||Kinoshita Yoshio: Revolutionizing Service on Japan's National Railroads||115|
|8||Matsuura Isami: A Modern Patriarch in Rural Japan||137|
|9||Yoshiya Nobuko: Out and Outspoken in Practice and Prose||155|
|10||Takahashi Masao: Flexible Marxist||175|
|V||World War II and the Postwar World||193|
|11||Yokoi Shoichi: When a Soldier Finally Returns Home||197|
|12||Misora Hibari: The Postwar Myth of Mournful Tears and Sake||213|
Posted April 16, 2010
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