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The Mayor of Aihara

A Japanese Villager and His Community, 1865-1925

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The Mayor of Aihara by Simon Partner
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Aizawa Kikutaro (1866-1963) was born into the wealthiest family in Hashimoto, a small agricultural village specializing in wheat and silk. By 1925, the village was undergoing rapid commercial development, residents were commuting to factory and office jobs in cities, and, after serving as mayor for almost twenty years, Aizawa was working as a bank manager. Taking the biography of this leading villager as its central focus and incorporating intimate details of life drawn from Aizawa's diary, The Mayor of Aihara chronicles the extraordinary transformation of Hashimoto against the background of Japan's rapid industrialization. By portraying history as it was actually lived by ordinary people, the book offers a rich and compelling perspective on the modernization of Japan.

Author Biography

Simon Partner, Associate Professor at Duke University, is author of Toshie: A Story of Rural Life in Twentieth Century Japan and Assembled in Japan: Electrical Goods and the Making of the Japanese Consumer (both from UC Press).
Release date NZ
June 12th, 2009
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
13 b-w photographs, 1 map
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
248
Dimensions
152x229x19
ISBN-13
9780520258594
Product ID
2969563

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