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In exploring the career of Seki Hajime (1873-1935), who served as mayor of Japan's second-largest city, Osaka, Jeffrey E. Hanes traces the roots of social progressivism in prewar Japan. Seki, trained as a political economist in the late 1890s, when Japan was focused single-mindedly on "increasing industrial production," distinguished himself early on as a people-centered, rather than a state-centered, national economist. After three years of advanced study in Europe at the turn of the century, during which he engaged Marxism and later steeped himself in the exciting new field of social economics, Seki was transformed into a progressive.

The social reformism of Seki and others had its roots in a transnational fellowship of progressives who shared the belief that civilized nations should be able to forge a middle path between capitalism and socialism. Hanes's sweeping study permits us not only to weave social progressivism into the modern Japanese historical narrative but also to reconceive it as a truly transnational movement whose impact was felt across the Pacific as well as the Atlantic.

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"A superbly researched and elegantly written study of Seki Hajime and the ‘livable city in Osaka that he envisioned, The City as Subject opens up a fascinating world of the conjunctures among commercial policy, economic thought, social reform, and urban planning in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." —Takashi Fujitani, author of Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan

"Deftly researched, this intellectual biography depicts Seki Hajime, a remarkable and influential early 20th-century figure who pursued careers in academe, policy making, and as interwar Mayor of Osaka. Hanes presents Hajime as an appealing, cosmopolitan, and iconoclastic character, noting particularly Seki's sense of social responsibility, his pragmatism, his ability to keep in mind the human scale in urban planning, and, by no means least, his aesthetic appreciation of Osaka's urban pleasures."—Laura Hein, coeditor of Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany, and the United States

About the Author

Jeffrey E. Hanes is Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Seki Hajime and Social Progressivism in Prewar Japan

1. A Portrait of the Economist as a Young Man

2. The Peoples National Economy

3. Class and Nation

4. Toward a Modern Moral Economy

5. A New Urbanism

6. The Livable City

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520228498
Author:
Hanes, Jeffrey E.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
es
Author:
Jeffrey E. Han
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Economists
Subject:
Mayors
Subject:
Osaka
Subject:
Japan Economic conditions 1918-1945.
Subject:
Seki, Hajime
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Twentieth-Century Japan: The Emergence of a World Power
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 b/w photographs, 1 map
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1.09 lb

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"A superbly researched and elegantly written study of Seki Hajime and the ‘livable city in Osaka that he envisioned, The City as Subject opens up a fascinating world of the conjunctures among commercial policy, economic thought, social reform, and urban planning in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." —Takashi Fujitani, author of Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan

"Deftly researched, this intellectual biography depicts Seki Hajime, a remarkable and influential early 20th-century figure who pursued careers in academe, policy making, and as interwar Mayor of Osaka. Hanes presents Hajime as an appealing, cosmopolitan, and iconoclastic character, noting particularly Seki's sense of social responsibility, his pragmatism, his ability to keep in mind the human scale in urban planning, and, by no means least, his aesthetic appreciation of Osaka's urban pleasures."—Laura Hein, coeditor of Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany, and the United States

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