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Toshie Simon Partner

Toshie By Simon Partner

Toshie by Simon Partner


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Presents the social history of the Japanese countryside in its twentieth-century transition from 'peasant' to 'consumer' society. This book features an account of the life of one village woman and her community caught up in the inexorable march of historical events.

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Toshie: A Story of Village Life in Twentieth-Century Japan by Simon Partner

Sakaue Toshie was born on August 14, 1925, into a family of tenant farmers and day laborers in the hamlet of Kosugi. The world she entered was one of hard labor, poverty, dirt, disease, and frequent early death. By the 1970s, that rural world had changed almost beyond recognition. Toshie is the story of that extraordinary transformation as witnessed and experienced by Toshie herself. A sweeping social history of the Japanese countryside in its twentieth-century transition from 'peasant' to 'consumer' society, the book is also a richly textured account of the life of one village woman and her community caught up in the inexorable march of historical events. Through the lens of Toshie's life, Simon Partner shows us the realities of rural Japanese life during the 1930s depression; daily existence under the wartime regime of 'spiritual mobilization'; the land reform and its consequences during occupation; and the rapid emergence of a consumer culture against the background of agricultural mechanization during the 1950s and 1960s. In some ways representative and in other ways unique, Toshie's narrative raises questions about conventional frameworks of twentieth-century Japanese history, and about the place of individual agency and choice in an era often seen as dominated by the impersonal forces of modernity: technology, state power, and capitalism.

About Simon Partner

Simon Partner is Associate Professor of Japanese History at Duke University. He is the author of Assembled in Japan: Electrical Goods and the Making of the Japanese Consumer (California, 1999).

Table of Contents

Preface List of Illustrations 1. On the Banks of the Agano 2. The Making of a Japanese Citizen 3. The Village Goes to War 4. Rural Life Under the Occupation 5. Red Carpets and Whisky Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

Additional information

CIN0520240979G
9780520240971
0520240979
Toshie: A Story of Village Life in Twentieth-Century Japan by Simon Partner
Used - Good
Paperback
University of California Press
20040325
210
N/A
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