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- DescriptionThe conventional understanding of Japanese wartime ideology has for years been summed up by just a few words: anti-modern, spiritualist, and irrational. Yet such a cut-and-dried picture is t at all reflective of the principles that guided national policy from 1931-1945. Challenging the status quo, Constructing East Asia examines how Japanese intellectuals, bureaucrats, and engineers used techlogy as a system of power and mobilization-what historian Aaron Moore terms a techlogical imaginary -to rally people in Japan and its expanding empire. By analyzing how these different actors defined techlogy in public discourse, national policies, and large-scale infrastructure projects, Moore reveals wartime elites as far more calculated in thought and action than previous scholarship allows. Moreover, Moore positions the wartime origins of techlogy deployment as an essential part of the country's national policy and identity, upending ather predominant narrative-namely, that techlogy did t play a modernizing role in Japan until the ecomic miracle of the postwar years.
- Author BiographyAaron Stephen Moore is Assistant Professor of History at Arizona State University.
- Author(s)Aaron Moore
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication30/05/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight576 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine23 mm
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