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Lever of Empire

The International Gold Standard and the Crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan

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Lever of Empire by Mark Metzler
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This book, the first full account of Japan's financial history and the Japanese gold standard in the pivotal years before World War II, provides a new perspective on the global political dynamics of the era by placing Japan, rather than Europe, at the center of the story. Focusing on the fall of liberalism in Japan in late 1931 and the global politics of money that were at the center of the crisis, Mark Metzler asks why successive Japanese governments from 1920 to 1931 carried out policies that deliberately induced deflation and depression. His search for answers stretches from Edo to London to the ragged borderlands of the Japanese empire and from the eighteenth century to the 1950s, integrating political and monetary analysis to shed light on the complex dynamics of money, empire, and global hegemony. His detailed and broad ranging account illuminates a range of issues including Japan's involvement in the economic dynamics that shook interwar Europe, the character of U.S. isolationism, and the rise of fascism as an international phenomenon.

Author Biography

Mark Metzler is Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.
Release date NZ
March 10th, 2006
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
2 b-w photographs, 10 line illustrations, 8 tables
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
396
Dimensions
152x229x28
ISBN-13
9780520244207
Product ID
2074273

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