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Neighborhood and Nation in Tokyo, 1905-1937 Sally Ann Hastings

Neighborhood and Nation in Tokyo, 1905-1937

Sally Ann Hastings

Published December 31st 1995
ISBN : 9780822938842
Hardcover
274 pages
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This book addresses an important issue concerning a relatively little-known era in Japanese history: the shaping of Japans modern political community prior to World War II. Contesting the view that prewar Japan pushed a conservative statist agenda,MoreThis book addresses an important issue concerning a relatively little-known era in Japanese history: the shaping of Japans modern political community prior to World War II. Contesting the view that prewar Japan pushed a conservative statist agenda, Sally Hastings argues that the state bureaucracy, particularly the Home Ministry, encouraged a more participatory political and cultural environment before 1937 than is generally believed. In this analysis of working-class areas of Tokyo, especially its Honjo ward, Hastings shows that bureaucrats were concerned with the needs of their citizens and took significant steps to protect the citys working families and the poor.