The Great Kanto Earthquake and the Chimera of National Reconstruction in Japan

The Great Kanto Earthquake and the Chimera of National Reconstruction in Japan

by J. Charles Schencking

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ISBN-13: 9780231535069
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Series: Contemporary Asia in the World
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 902,363
File size: 24 MB
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About the Author

J. Charles Schencking is professor and chairperson of the Department of History at the University of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Preface and Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

1 Cataclysm: The Earthquake Disaster as a Lived and Reported Experience 13

2 Aftermath: The Ordeal of Restoration and Recovery 47

3 Communication: Constructing the Earthquake as a National Tragedy 78

4 Admonishment: Interpreting Catastrophe as Divine Punishment 116

5 Optimism: Dreams for a New Metropolis AMID a Landscape of Ruin 153

6 Contestation: The Fractious Politics of Reconstruction Planning 187

7 Regeneration: Forging a New Japan Through Spiritual Renewal and Fiscal Retrenchment 226

8 Readjustment: Rebuilding Tokyo from the Ashes 263

9 Conclusion 301

Notes 317

Bibliography 347

Index 363

What People are Saying About This

Sheldon Garon

This fascinating, original book is the first work in English to offer a comprehensive account of the Kanto earthquake. The book could not be timelier. J. Charles Schencking crafts an enticing lead-in, illuminating the uncanny resemblances in how Japanese talked about both the Kanto earthquake and the 2011 earthquake/tsunami as opportunities to revitalize the nation.

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