Postwar Japan as History / Edition 1

Postwar Japan as History / Edition 1

by Andrew Gordon
     
 

Japan's catapult to world economic power has inspired many studies by social scientists, but few have looked at the 45 years of postwar Japan through the lens of history. The contributors to this book seek to offer such a view. As they examine three related themes of postwar history, the authors describe an ongoing historical process marked by unexpected changes,… See more details below

Overview

Japan's catapult to world economic power has inspired many studies by social scientists, but few have looked at the 45 years of postwar Japan through the lens of history. The contributors to this book seek to offer such a view. As they examine three related themes of postwar history, the authors describe an ongoing historical process marked by unexpected changes, such as Japan's extraordinary economic growth, and unanticipated continuities, such as the endurance of conservative rule. A provocative set of interpretative essays by eminent scholars, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the history of twentieth-century Japan and the dilemmas facing Japan today.

Author Biography: Andrew Gordon is Professor of History at Duke University. His latest book, Labor and Imperial Democracy in Prewar Japan (California, 1990), won the John K. Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520074750
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/20/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
563
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Peace and Democracy in Two Systems: External Policy and Internal Conflict3
2Japan's Position in the World System34
3The Past in the Present64
4Growth Versus Success: Japan's Economic Policy in Historical Perspective99
5The Structure and Transformation of Conservative Rule123
6Negotiating Social Contracts145
7Dialectics of Economic Growth, National Power, and Distributive Struggles167
8Finding a Place in Metropolitan Japan: Ideologies, Institutions, and Everyday Life189
9Formations of Mass Culture239
10Consuming and Saving259
11The Death of "Good Wife, Wise Mother"?293
12Unplaced Persons and Movements for Place325
13Altered States: The Body Politics of "Being-Woman"347
14Contests for the Workplace373
15Intellectuals and Politics395
16The Dynamics of Political Opposition424
Conclusion449
Glossary465
Contributors471
Selected Bibliography475
Index481

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