Rural Economic Development in Japan
From the Nineteenth Century to the Pacific War
By (author) Penelope Francks
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Rural Economic Development in Japan by Penelope Francks
Book DescriptionIn the historical literature on Japan, rural people have tended to be regarded as the exploited victims of the industrialisation process. This book provides an alternative view of the role and significance of the rural economy in Japan's emergence as an economic power prior to World War II. Using theories and approaches derived from development studies and economic history the book describes the nineteenth-century development of a diversified, proto-industrial rural economy, focusing on the strategies employed by households as they sought to secure and improve their livelihoods. The book argues that rural people, through their 'industrious revolution', played an active part in determining the course of Japan's agrarian transition and, eventually, the distinctive features of industrial Japan's political economy, with the result that rural life still figures largely in the reality and imagination of contemporary Japan.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415368070
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Penelope Francks
Historical Consumer, Hardback (December 2011)
This book explores the rise of consumerism and the expanding variety of goods available in Japan. Japan is placed within the comparative context of the 'consumer revolution' in Europe and North America, contributing to the analysis of the ways in which consumption and everyday life change in the course of economic development.
Japanese Consumer, Hardback (October 2009)» View all books by Penelope Francks
An alternative account of Japan's modern economic history from the perspective of the consumer.
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Author Biography - Penelope Francks
University of Leeds, UK
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