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The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo

Ian Jared Miller


The pursuit of such power in modern Japan took one its most spectacular forms in the institution of Ueno Park Zoological Garden, East Asia’s first modern zoo, which opened in 1882. The institution marshaled the animal world in the service of Japanese claims to “civilization” in the age of industry and empire. This book is about the Ueno Zoo and the culture that it helped to bring into being. It was a culture that I have chosen to call “ecological modernity,” because it was so persistently concerned with Japan’s place in the modern world, as well as the place of flora, fauna, and other natural ... More

Keywords: Japan, history, environment, animals, ecological modernity, anthropocene, zoo, zoological garden, natural history, empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520271869
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520271869.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Jared Miller, author