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Peasants, Rebels, and Outcastes: The Underside of Modern Japan

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
This compelling social history uses diaries, memoirs, fiction, trial testimony, personal recollections, and eyewitness accounts to weave a fascinating tale of what ordinary Japanese endured throughout their century's era of economic growth. Rescuing vivid, often wrenching accounts of peasants, miners, textile workers, rebels, and prostitutes, Mikiso Hane forces us to see J ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 368 pages
Published March 19th 2003 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published 1982)
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umberto
Reluctantly, I wasn’t sure if I could enjoy reading this nine-chapter book, “Peasants, Rebels, and Outcastes: The Underside of Modern Japan” by Professor Mikiso Hane since it looked a bit highly-academic with innumerable references. However, I gradually found the author’s style of narrative amazingly enriched by citing data/information from related various sources, that is, “… diaries, memoirs, fiction, trial testimony, personal recollections, and eyewitness accounts” (back cover); therefore, it ...more
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Like, as a corrective to hella-orientalist narratives w/r/t Japan and development in the pre-war era this is a really good and interesting book only it seems content to just say "these are things" rather than actually develop an argument per se. By which i mean there are often claims about for example (fractured agrarian labor organizing between Anarchism, Marxism, Christian sorta socialist orientations and Right Wing Nationalism) but Hane never really delves into *why* different things were com ...more
Noreen
Jun 13, 2015 Noreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent. The rural population was subject to famines, starvation, diseases, and pretty much accepted their status in life. Meiji restoration was really only good for people living in the cities. My grandmother Aiko hit the education sweet spot growing up in Tokyo. When she started school only 30% of the females attended school. By the time she graduated 97% were attending school. There was no education for rural children. Thank you Dr. Hane for writing this and your other books.

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Alix Hope
Nov 10, 2014 Alix Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stellar historiography. Aside from the chapter "Women Rebels" (which was just one massive Itou Noe quote), fascinatingly and engagingly written. A valid addition to the bookshelf of any amateur historian.
Michael
This is mainly a reference book, but fascinating how it documents the advent of Japanese society through some tulmutous times. It does help to have a love for Japan and its traditions, customs, and art. I mainly picked it up intially because it had several pages mentioning writer Yukio Mishima. Later, I kept reading it to gain some more knowledge of his world and the politics of his time. Can't say I'm an expert after reading this, but I do have a better understanding.
Chelsea Szendi
May 07, 2010 Chelsea Szendi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hane's main question is: “What did the process of modernization mean to the vast majority of the population? How did modernization affect the lives of the people who carried its burden and paid its costs?"

I appreciate her concern for how the other half lives, but feel that she is not sufficiently critical of the promise of modernity, preferring to envision it as merely unfulfilled, rather than unfulfillable.
Harrison
Nov 05, 2015 Harrison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Industrialization in Japan was rough - Hane batters you with anecdote after anecdote, but lacks any real argument beyond the compendium of tragic and dark stories...
morning Os
Subalterns in the Japanese context. Interesting long quotes from diaries and memoirs. Each chapter is coherently (and somewhat in a reductionist way) organized, so it might be good for assigning in an undergrad class and let them deconstruct the author's narrative.
Amanda
Jul 01, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting although a bit tedious at times. The author was justified in her outrage but at times it got a little tiring.
Jaimie
Oct 24, 2007 Jaimie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good for those interested in non-Western history. An easy read for a history book. New information is always intriguing.
becca sporky
Any book that starts by talking about cannibalism right off the bat is bound to be interesting.
Benjamin
Dec 06, 2014 Benjamin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting but thoroughly depressing look at Japanese history running up to WW2.
Kelly
Oct 01, 2007 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! Cultural history of Japan... I have never seen one like it.
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