Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan by Louise Young (review)

Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan by Louise Young (review) tion in Korea's historical memory. Populist Collaborators sheds important light on the Korean responses to the changes during the protectorate period and the interactions between various political groups. It expands significantly our knowledge of this pivotal period in Korean history. Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan. By Louise Young. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2013. xiv, 307 pages. $49.95, cloth; $49.95, E-book. Reviewed by Lori Watt Washington University in St. Louis In Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan, Louise Young poses the question of what it meant to be modern in Japan and then answers it with a linked urban history of four provincial cities in relation to the metropolis and their own hinterlands. The choice to draw on the histories of the prefectural capitals of Okayama, Kanazawa, Niigata, and Sapporo--two former castle towns, one port city, and one frontier town--provides the means for an extended reflection on a particularly intense fusing of space and time in urban and suburban Japan during the interwar period. A thoughtful organization of the ideas and information presented facilitates engagement with this analytically dense and archivally rich work. In the introduction, Young http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Japanese Studies Society for Japanese Studies

Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan by Louise Young (review)

The Journal of Japanese Studies, Volume 41 (2) – Jul 30, 2015

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tion in Korea's historical memory. Populist Collaborators sheds important light on the Korean responses to the changes during the protectorate period and the interactions between various political groups. It expands significantly our knowledge of this pivotal period in Korean history. Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan. By Louise Young. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2013. xiv, 307 pages. $49.95, cloth; $49.95, E-book. Reviewed by Lori Watt Washington University in St. Louis In Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan, Louise Young poses the question of what it meant to be modern in Japan and then answers it with a linked urban history of four provincial cities in relation to the metropolis and their own hinterlands. The choice to draw on the histories of the prefectural capitals of Okayama, Kanazawa, Niigata, and Sapporo--two former castle towns, one port city, and one frontier town--provides the means for an extended reflection on a particularly intense fusing of space and time in urban and suburban Japan during the interwar period. A thoughtful organization of the ideas and information presented facilitates engagement with this analytically dense and archivally rich work. In the introduction, Young

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