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Becoming Apart: National Power and Local Politics in Toyama, 1868-1945

Becoming Apart: National Power and Local Politics in Toyama, 1868-1945

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What ties bound region to center in the making of the modern Japanese state? What forces shaped these bonds? How did the local–center relationship change over time? What is its current legacy?

Focusing on the marginal region of Toyama, on the Sea of Japan, the author explores the interplay of central and regional authorities, local and national perceptions of rights, and the emerging political practices in Toyama and Tokyo that became part of the new political culture that took shape in Japan following the Meiji Restoration. Lewis argues that in response to the demands of the centralizing state, local elites and leaders in Toyama developed a repertoire of supple responses that varied with the political or economic issue at stake.

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ISBN-13: 9780674002425
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs , #192
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael Lewis is Professor of Japanese History in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney.

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