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Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan

Louise Young


This book looks at the emergence of urbanism in the interwar period, a global moment when the material and ideological structures that constitute “the city” took their characteristic modern shape. In Japan, as elsewhere, cities became the staging ground for wide-ranging social, cultural, economic, and political transformations. The rise of social problems, the formation of a consumer marketplace, the proliferation of streetcars and suburbs, and the cascade of investments in urban development reinvented the city as both socio-spatial form and set of ideas. Young tells this story through the opt ... More

Keywords: modern life, second cities, regional culture, urbanization, urban modernism, interwar culture, local history, local cities, Japanese urbanism, Sapporo, Niigata, Okayama, Kanazawa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520275201
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275201.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louise Young, author