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Hard Times in the HometownA History of Community Survival in Modern Japan$
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Martin Dusinberre

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835248

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835248.001.0001

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The Silk Road of the Sea: A Beginning

The Silk Road of the Sea: A Beginning

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(p.3) 1 The Silk Road of the Sea: A Beginning
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Hard Times in the Hometown
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Martin Dusinberre

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835248.003.0001

This chapter discusses the significance of studying the town of Kaminoseki. For one, the town's location highlights an imbalance in the historiography of modern Japan. Not only did Kaminoseki straddle key trade and diplomatic shipping routes, as indicated by the Silk Road sign, but in the mid-nineteenth century it was also situated in one of the nation's most important political domains. Another reason for focusing on Kaminoseki is because of its everyday hometown atmosphere, which is crucial in understanding the motivations and values of ordinary people in modern Japan, and because of the extraordinary range of sources that the town offers to historians of everyday life. In the course of the study, the book draws on two sets of documents: the Bōchō fūdo chūshin'an, and the Murotsu collection.

Keywords:   Kaminoseki, modern Japan, Silk Road sign, hometown, ordinary people, Bōchō fūdo chūshin'an, Murotsu collection

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