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Beyond the MetropolisSecond Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan$
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Louise Young

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275201

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275201.001.0001

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Urbanism and Japanese Modern

Urbanism and Japanese Modern

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(p.3) Introduction Urbanism and Japanese Modern
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Beyond the Metropolis
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Louise Young

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275201.003.0001

Why do we equate cities with modern life? In the Japanese case, national and regional development projects identified modernization with urbanization and the city with modern Japan, a process that intensified in the early decades of the twentieth century. Although the new “age of the city” accelerated growth of Tokyo and Osaka, much of the action took place in Japan's provincial cities, outside the metropolitan centers. This book uses a case-study approach to examine urbanization in these localities, drawing on the examples of the four regional centers of Sapporo, Niigata, Kanazawa, and Okayama. The introduction profiles the four cities and explains what is at stake in examining modern history through the perspective of the provincial city.

Keywords:   interwar period, Okayama, Sapporo, Kanazawa, Niigata, provincial cities, Japanese modern

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