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Edo and Paris: Urban Life and the State in the Early Modern Era (review)

Edo and Paris: Urban Life and the State in the Early Modern Era (review) journal of world history, fall 2000 Edo and Paris: Urban Life and the State in the Early Modern Era. Edited by james l. mcclain, john m. merriman, and ugawa kaoru. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1997. Pp. xxv + 483. $23.95 (paper). Well-conceived and assembled edited volumes of a comparative nature that deal with two or more continents are few and far between. With this in mind, I am glad that Cornell University Press has decided to publish the edited work Edo and Paris in paperback. On the whole, editors James McClain, John Merriman, and Ugawa Kaoru have done an excellent job formulating a fascinating study which traces the growth and development of Edo [present day Tokyo] and Paris after these cities became the administrative capitals of their respective countries under the near absolutist regimes of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Bourbon kings. Although this work is not without flaws, the vast majority of the articles contained within Edo and Paris are informative, well-researched, and lucidly written studies which go a long way to improving our understanding of political authority, cul- Book Reviews ture, and urban growth in Edo and Paris during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Edo and Paris: Urban Life and the State in the Early Modern Era (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 11 (2) – Oct 1, 2000

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journal of world history, fall 2000 Edo and Paris: Urban Life and the State in the Early Modern Era. Edited by james l. mcclain, john m. merriman, and ugawa kaoru. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1997. Pp. xxv + 483. $23.95 (paper). Well-conceived and assembled edited volumes of a comparative nature that deal with two or more continents are few and far between. With this in mind, I am glad that Cornell University Press has decided to publish the edited work Edo and Paris in paperback. On the whole, editors James McClain, John Merriman, and Ugawa Kaoru have done an excellent job formulating a fascinating study which traces the growth and development of Edo [present day Tokyo] and Paris after these cities became the administrative capitals of their respective countries under the near absolutist regimes of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Bourbon kings. Although this work is not without flaws, the vast majority of the articles contained within Edo and Paris are informative, well-researched, and lucidly written studies which go a long way to improving our understanding of political authority, cul- Book Reviews ture, and urban growth in Edo and Paris during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2000

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