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The Making of a Japanese Periphery, 1750-1920 (Twentieth-Century Japan : the Emergence of a World Power)

 
 
 
 
The Making of a Japanese Periphery, 1750-1920 (Twentieth-Century Japan : the Emergence of a World Power)
Author: Kären Wigen
ISBN 13: 9780520084209
ISBN 10: 520084209
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1995-03-16
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 356
List Price: $63.00
 
 

Contending that Japan's industrial and imperial revolutions were also geographical revolutions, Kären Wigen's interdisciplinary study analyzes the changing spatial order of the countryside in early modern Japan. Her focus, the Ina Valley, served as a gateway to the mountainous interior of central Japan. Using methods drawn from historical geography and economic development, Wigen maps the valley's changes—from a region of small settlements linked in an autonomous economic zone, to its transformation into a peripheral part of the global silk trade, dependent on the state. Yet the processes that brought these changes—industrial growth and political centralization—were crucial to Japan's rise to imperial power. Wigen's elucidation of this makes her book compelling reading for a broad audience.