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Author Gordon, Andrew, 1952-
Title Labor and imperial democracy in prewar Japan / Andrew Gordon.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1991.

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Author Gordon, Andrew, 1952-
Series Twentieth-century Japan : the emergence of a world power ; 1
Twentieth-century Japan ; 1.
Subject Working class -- Political activity -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Labor disputes -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Labor movement -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Riots -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Political participation -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Japan -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 364 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- List of Tables, Graphs, and Maps -- Abbreviations -- Preface -- Introduction -- PART ONE. The Crowd and Labor in the Movement for Imperial Democracy, 1905-18 -- 1. The Movement for Imperial Democracy -- 2. The Urban Crowd and Politics, 1905-18 -- 3. Labor Disputes and the Working Class in Tokyo -- 4. Building a Labor Movement:: Nankatsu Workers and the Yūaikai -- PART TWO. Labor under Imperial Democratic Rule -- 5. Imperial Democracy as a Structure of Rule -- 6. Nuclei of the Workers' Movement -- 7. The Labor Offensive in Nankatsu, 1924-29 -- 8. Working-Class Political Culture under Imperial Democracy -- PART THREE. The Collapse of Imperial Democracy -- 9. The Depression and the Workers' Movement -- 10. The Social Movement Transformed, 1932-35 -- 11. Imperial Fascism, 1935-40 -- Conclusion -- Appendix A. Public Assemblies in Tokyo, 18831938 -- Appendix B. Victims of the Kameido Incident, September 4, 1923 -- Bibliographic Essay -- Index
Summary Labor and Imperial Democracy in Prewar Japan examines the political role played by working men and women in prewar Tokyo and offers a reinterpretation of the broader dynamics of Japan's prewar political history. Gordon argues that such phenomena as riots, labor disputes, and union organizing can best be understood as part of an early twentieth-century movement for "imperial democracy" shaped by the nineteenth-century drive to promote capitalism and build a modern nation and empire. When the propertied, educated leaders of this movement gained a share of power in the 1920s, they disagreed on how far to go toward incorporating working men and women into an expanded body politic. For their part, workers became ambivalent toward working within the imperial democratic system. In this context, the intense polarization of laborers and owners during the Depression helped ultimately to destroy the legitimacy of imperial democracy.Gordon suggests that the thought and behavior of Japanese workers both reflected and furthered the intense concern with popular participation and national power that has marked Japan's modern history. He points to a post-World War II legacy for imperial democracy in both the organization of the working class movement and the popular willingness to see GNP growth as an index of national glory. Importantly, Gordon shows how historians might reconsider the roles of tenant farmers, students, and female activists, for example, in the rise and transformation of imperial democracy.
ISBN 9780520913301 (electronic bk.)
0520913302 (electronic bk.)
0585110972 (electronic bk.)
9780585110974 (electronic bk.)
0520067835 (alk. paper)
0520080912 (paperback)
OCLC # 44965882
Additional Format Print version: Gordon, Andrew, 1952- Labor and imperial democracy in prewar Japan. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1991 0520067835 (DLC) 90010872

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