Second Metropolis: Pragmatic Pluralism in Gilded Age Chicago, Silver Age Moscow, and Meiji Osaka

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Overview

By exploring and comparing North America's, Russia's, and Japan's "second cities" of a century ago -- Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka -- Second Metropolis discloses the extent to which social fragmentation, frequently viewed as an obstacle to democratic development, actually fostered a "pragmatic pluralism" that nurtured pluralistic public policies. sSuch policies are explored through six case studies -- the politic of street railways and charter reform in Chicago, adult education and housing in Moscow, and harbor revitalization and poverty alleviation in Osaka -- that illustrate how even those with massive political and economic power were stymied by the complexity of their communities. Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka, though the products of very different nations and cultures, nonetheless shared an important experience of inclusive politics during an era of extraordinary growth and social diversity. The success of all three cities, which went well beyond mere survival, rested on a distinctive political resource: pragmatic pluralism.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Economic History
This is a lively, well-researched book with a forceful argument.

— James Gilbert

American Historical Review
A comparative work such as this helps to undercut the historiography of 'exceptionalism' that still plagues Russian studies.

— Louise McReynolds

Urban Studies
A stimulating and challenging example of comparative urban history.

— Mark S. Foster

Canadian Journal of Urban Research
Fascinating and innovative work... worth reading by any specialist in urban history.

— J. M. Bumsted

Journal of Economic History - James Gilbert

This is a lively, well-researched book with a forceful argument.

American Historical Review - Louise McReynolds

A comparative work such as this helps to undercut the historiography of 'exceptionalism' that still plagues Russian studies.

Urban Studies - Mark S. Foster

A stimulating and challenging example of comparative urban history.

Canadian Journal of Urban Research - J. M. Bumsted

Fascinating and innovative work... worth reading by any specialist in urban history.

From the Publisher
"A good read..." The Russian Review

"This book provides a convenient history of three major cities and their similar efforts to mediate differences while solving problems, despite the enormous gaps in their political systems." Choice

"[T]his is an impressive work of scholarship." Journal of International Migration and Integration

"Second Metropolis is conceptually interesting....Ruble has written a work of history." Slavic Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521801799
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Blair A. Ruble is director of the Kennan Institute, a program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he is also codirector of the Comparative Urban Studies Project. He is the author of Leningrad: Shaping a Soviet City and Money Sings: The Changing Politics of Urban Space in Post-Soviet Yaroslavl.

Woodrow Wilson Center Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1 Introduction: From Hegemony to Pragmatic Pluralism 1
Pt. I Three Industrial Giants
2 Porkopolis 39
3 Russia's Calico Heart 70
4 Kitchen of the Country 102
Pt. II Tales of Success and Excess
5 Transit Tussles 133
6 Educating Moscow's Workers 174
7 Prosperity's Harbor 207
Pt. III Riots and Revolution
8 Charter Failure 233
9 The Worst-Housed City in Europe 265
10 Poverty and Riots 292
Pt. IV Conclusion
11 Successful Pragmatic Pluralists: The Practice of Politics without Hegemony 319
12 The Practice of Pragmatic Pluralism: The City, Transitional Capitalism, and the Meaning of Moscow 356
Bibliography 373
Index 451
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