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Earthquake Nation: The Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity, 1868-1930

Greg Clancey


Accelerating seismic activity in late Meiji Japan climaxed in the legendary Great Nobi Earthquake of 1891, which rocked the main island from Tokyo to Osaka, killing thousands. Ironically, the earthquake brought down many “modern” structures built on the advice of foreign architects and engineers, while leaving certain traditional, wooden ones standing. This book considers the cultural and political ramifications of this and other catastrophic events on Japan's relationship with the West, with modern science, and with itself. The book argues that seismicity was both the Achilles' heel of Japan' ... More

Keywords: Meiji Japan, Great Nobi Earthquake, Tokyo, Osaka, earthquake, Meiji Restoration, Great Kant Earthquake, natural disaster

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520246072
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greg Clancey, author