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Mayor of Aihara A Japanese Villager and His Community, 1865-1925

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ISBN-10: 0520258592

ISBN-13: 9780520258594

Edition: 2009

Authors: Simon Partner

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Aizawa Kikutarotilde; (1866-1963) was born into the wealthiest family in Hashimoto, a small agricultural village specializing in wheat and silk. By 1925, the village was undergoing rapid commercial development, residents were commuting to factory and office jobs in cities, and, after serving as mayor for almost twenty years, Aizawa was working as a bank manager. Taking the biography of this leading villager as its central focus and incorporating intimate details of life drawn from Aizawa's diary,The Mayor of Aiharachronicles the extraordinary transformation of Hashimoto against the background of Japan's rapid industrialization. By portraying history as it was actually lived by ordinary…    
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Simon Partner, Associate Professor at Duke University, is author of "Toshie: A Story of Rural Life in Twentieth Century Japan "and "Assembled in Japan: Electrical Goods and the Making of the Japanese Consumer "(both from UC Press).

List of Illustrations
The Village Enters the Modern Era (1866-1885)
Born in Troubled Times
Building a New Nation
Hardship and Protest
From Farm Manager to Independent Landowner (1885-1894)
A Young Man of the Enlightenment
Reaching Maturity in Momentous Times
Toward Independence
For Village and Nation (1894-1908)
The Nation Comes of Age
Politics on the Kanto Plain
The Mantle of Responsibility
The Hour of Need
The Railway Comes to Hashimoto
The Mayor of Aihara (1908-1918)
Mayor of Aihara
Technology and Change
A Great Sadness
A World Transformed (1918-1926)
An Unprecedented Economy
A Modern Village
The World Turned Upside Down
The Family Patriarch
Did Hashimoto Ever Become "Modern"?
Villagers in Control of Their Destiny?
The Meaning of a Life