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Urbanizing China in War and PeaceThe Case of Wuxi County$
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Toby Lincoln

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824841003

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824841003.001.0001

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The Utility of Rubble

The Utility of Rubble

Rebuilding the City and the Countryside

(p.146) Chapter Eight The Utility of Rubble
Urbanizing China in War and Peace

Toby Lincoln

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter eight describes the rebuilding and continued urbanization of the city and the countryside in Wuxi. Local government revived very quickly after the invasion and despite Japanese oversight, pre-war systems of administration were quickly re-established. In the city, the Japanese mostly left the often mundane activities of road repair or rehousing to Chinese officials, who were sometimes able to use the destruction as an opportunity to carry out pre-war plans for urban development. Residents requesting repairs to street lighting or roads also gave legitimacy to the local government and recognized that it and not the Japanese was the proper authority to help them with their problems. Meanwhile out in the countryside, infrastructure was also repaired, and here it was Japanese military needs such as the maintenance of rail connections that took priority.

Keywords:   Self Government Committee, street lighting, irrigation, railway, rebuilding

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