The three volumes of this collection (
Tokugawa Economy and Society,
Meiji Industrialization, and
Twentieth Century Japan) feature essays examining the economic and social transformations that redefined Japan from the proto-industrial economy of the early moder era to Japan’s twentieth-century emergence as one of the world’s great industrialized nations.
The first volume,
Tokugawa Economy and Society, examines how the political economy of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, despite political constraints designed specifically to hinder social and economic change, established the proto-industrial roots for Japan’s rapid industrialization during the Meiji Era.
The second volume,
Meiji Industrialization, explores how the men who established the modern government of the Meiji Era (1868-1912) found fertile ground for the rapid industrialization they envisioned necessary for the defense of the nation. Their successes, and failures, laid the groundwork for a modern empire.
The final volume,
Twentieth Century Japan, examines the century of industrialization that underpinned the rise of Imperial Japan, its disastrous invasion of Pacific Asia, and its unexpected emergence from the ashes of World War II to become one of the world’s great industrialized powers, a feat which has since fascinated politicians and industrialists across the developing and developed world.
Christopher Gerteis, Ph.D. (2001), is a Lecturer of the History of Modern and Contemporary Japan at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London where he teaches the social and cultural history of Japan. He is author of
Gender Struggles: Wage-earning Women and Male-dominated Unions in Postwar Japan (Harvard University Asia Center, 2009). Dr Gerteis' current research investigates the intersection of consumer capitalism, industrial heritage and historical memory in the twentieth century.
This book will be suitable for a general audience with an interest in economic and social history, or adoption for use by undergraduate and post-graduate courses in East Asian history, politics, and eonomics.