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.
About the Author
Kerry Smith is Associate Professor of History at Brown University.
Table of Contents
|Japan in a Time of Crisis||1|
|The Rural Depression||42|
|Rescuing the Countryside||84|
|Crafting Rural Relief||135|
|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|