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Earthquake NationThe Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity, 1868-1930$
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Greg Clancey

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246072

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246072.001.0001

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. The Seismologists

. The Seismologists

(p.63) Three. The Seismologists
Earthquake Nation

Gregory Clancey

University of California Press

This chapter describes the problem of inscription in Naples versus Yokohama; terrestrial physics; the seismograph; seismology as ethnography; and architecture as biology. In the 1860s, the issue of seismic resistance became one of the more striking and controversial disjunctions in yatoi perceptions. At the center of the rupture was the new Anglo-Japanese science of seismology. With John Milne's Earthquakes and Other Earth Movements and Edward Morse's Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings published in 1886, the project of a masonry Japan — which had from the beginning been promoted on the basis of science as much as art — found itself undermined from within the community of “scientific men” in which yatoi architects and engineers also counted themselves members.

Keywords:   seismology, architecture, John Milne, Yokohama, Edward Morse, seismic resistance, yatoi architects

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