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New times in modern Japan

Author: Stefan Tanaka
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"New Times in Modern Japan concerns the transformation of time - the reckoning of time - during Japan's Meiji period, specifically from around 1870 to 1900. Time literally changed as the archipelago synchronized with the Western imperialists' reckoning of time. The solar calendar and clock became standard timekeeping devices, and society adapted to the abstractions inherent in modern notions of time. This set off a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stefan Tanaka
ISBN: 0691117748 9780691117744
OCLC Number: 53178316
Description: x, 225 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Time, pasts, history --
Discovery of pasts --
"Nothing is the way it should be" --
Naturalization of nation : essential time --
Naturalization of nation : chronological time --
Socialization of society --
Socialization of nature : museumification.
Responsibility: Stefan Tanaka.
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Concerns the transformation of time - the reckoning of time - during Japan's Meiji period, specifically from around 1870 to 1900. This examines topics ranging from geology, ghosts, childhood, art  Read more...

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Scholars with an interest in the onset and consequences of modernity in Japan will find much in this important new work by Stefan Tanaka to stimulate and challenge them. -- Daniel Botsman Journal of Read more...

 
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