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Punishment and power in the making of modern Japan

Author: Dani Botsman
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The kinds of punishment used in a society have long been considered an important criterion in judging whether a society is civilized or barbaric, advanced or backward, modern or premodern. Focusing on Japan, and the dramatic revolution in punishments that occurred after the Meiji Restoration, Daniel Botsman asks how such distinctions have affected our understanding of the past and contributed, in turn, to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dani Botsman
ISBN: 0691114919 9780691114910 9780691130309 0691130302
OCLC Number: 54081903
Description: xiv, 319 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Signs of order : punishment and power in the shogun's capital --
Bloody benevolence : punishment, ideology, and outcasts --
The power of status : Kodenmachō jailhouse and the structures of Tokugawa society --
Discourse, dynamism, and disorder : the historical significance of the Edo stockade for laborers --
Punishment and the politics of civilization in Bakumatsu Japan --
Restoration and reform : the birth of the prison in Japan --
Punishment and prisons in the era of enlightenment --
Punishment, empire, and history in the making of modern Japan.
Responsibility: Daniel V. Botsman.
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"This is a tour-de-force study... Lucid, delightful to read, yet theoretically sophisticated, this is one of the best books on the Tokugawa-Meiji transition in many years."--Mark Ravina, Journal of Read more...

 
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