Making Of A Japanese Periphery, 1750-1920

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Contending that Japan's industrial and imperial revolutions were also geographical revolutions, Kären Wigen's interdisciplinary study analyzes the changing spatial order of the countryside in early modern Japan. Her focus, the Ina Valley, served as a gateway to the mountainous interior of central Japan. Using methods drawn from historical geography and economic development, Wigen maps the valley's changes—from a region of small settlements linked in an autonomous economic zone, to its transformation into a peripheral part of the global silk trade, dependent on the state. Yet the processes that brought these changes—industrial growth and political centralization—were crucial to Japan's rise to imperial power. Wigen's elucidation of this makes her book compelling reading for a broad audience.
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Kären Wigen is Assistant Professor of History at Duke University.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures, and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Region Constructed, 1750-1860 23
2 Ina in the Tokugawa Space-Economy: The Making of a Trade Corridor 25
3 The Landscape of Protoindustrial Production as Contested Terrain 70
4 Spatial and Social Differentiation 99
Pt. 2 The Region Inverted, 1860-1920 137
5 Mobilizing for Silk: The First Quarter-Century 139
6 Crisis and Consolidation: The Shifting Locus of Power 180
7 Precarious Prosperity: Industrial Restructuring and Regional Transformation, 1895-1920 218
8 Regional Inversions: The Shifting Matrix of Production, Power, and Place 267
Bibliography 301
Index 329
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