Beyond the metropolis second cities and modern life in interwar Japan

Young, Louise, 1960-

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  • In Beyond the Metropolis, Louise Young looks at the emergence of urbanism in the interwar period, a global moment when the material and ideological structures that constitute "the city" took their characteristic modern shape. In Japan, as elsewhere, cities became the staging ground for wide ranging social, cultural, economic, and political transformations. The rise of social problems, the formation of a consumer marketplace, the proliferation of streetcars and streetcar suburbs, and the cascade of investments in urban development reinvented the city as both socio-spatial form and set of.


  • "A Philip E. Lilienthal book."
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Part One: Contexts; Introduction: Urbanism and Japanese Modern; 1 World War One and the City Idea; Part Two: Geo-Power and Urban-Centrism; 2 The Ideology of the Metropolis; 3 Colonizing the Country; Part Three: Modern Times and the City Idea; 4 The Past in the Present; 5 The Cult of the New; Epilogue: Urbanism and Twentieth-Century Japan; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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