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Hard Times in the Hometown: A History of Community Survival in Modern Japan

Martin Dusinberre


This book tells the story of Kaminoseki, a small town on Japan's Inland Sea. Once one of the most prosperous ports in the country, Kaminoseki fell into profound economic decline following Japan's reengagement with the West in the late nineteenth century. The book reconstructs the lives of households and townspeople as they tried to make sense of their changing place in the world and provides important new insights into how ordinary people shaped the development of the modern state. The book describes the role of local revolutionaries in the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the ways by which townspeo ... More

Keywords: Kaminoseki, Japan, Meiji Restoration, overseas work, pan-Pacific diaspora, rural decline, nuclear power, Fukushima crisis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835248
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835248.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Dusinberre, author
Newcastle University