Making Of A Japanese Periphery, 1750-1920

Making Of A Japanese Periphery, 1750-1920

by Karen Wigen, Kä Ren Wigen, K. Wigen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520084209

ISBN-13: 9780520084209

Pub. Date: 03/16/1995

Publisher: University of California Press


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520084209
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/16/1995
Series:
Twentieth Century Japan: The Emergence of a World Power Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

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