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A Time of Crisis: Japan, the Great Depression, and Rural Revitalization

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This study of Japan's transformation by the economic crises of the 1930s focuses on efforts to overcome the effects of the Great Depression in rural areas, particularly the activities of local activists and policymakers in Tokyo. The author argues that these efforts changed the nation's thinking about the countryside, as well as Japan's conception of its economic and cultural relationship to the nation, in ways that have important implications for our understanding of both the war years and the postwar reconstruction. The reactions of inhabitants of rural areas to the depression shed new light on how average Japanese responded to the problems of modernization and how they re-created the countryside.
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Smith has produced a groundbreaking study of the impact of the Great Depression on Japan in the 1930s. The early 1930s, when Japan was wracked by internal and external problems, was called a 'time of crisis' by contemporary Japanese...This unique and insightful look at a crucial time in modern Japanese history is highly recommended.
— M. D. Ericson

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Smith has produced a groundbreaking study of the impact of the Great Depression on Japan in the 1930s. The early 1930s, when Japan was wracked by internal and external problems, was called a 'time of crisis' by contemporary Japanese...This unique and insightful look at a crucial time in modern Japanese history is highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674012776
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2003
  • Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs Series , #191
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kerry Smith is Associate Professor of History at Brown University.
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Table of Contents

Japan in a Time of Crisis             1
Locations 19
The Rural Depression 42
Rescuing the Countryside 84
Crafting Rural Relief 135
Revitalization 172
Revitalization in a Famine Year: Sekishiba 1934-1935 224
The Village Economy, 1935-1939 269
Re-Constructing Community: Sekishiba 1935-1937 288
Sekishiba in Wartime 325
The Elusive Revitalized Village 353
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