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The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo

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It is widely known that such Western institutions as the museum, the university, and the penitentiary shaped Japan’s emergence as a modern nation-state. Less commonly recognized is the role played by the distinctly hybrid institution—at once museum, laboratory, and prison—of the zoological garden. In this eye-opening study of Japan’s first modern zoo, Tokyo’s Ueno Imperial ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 19th 2013 by University of California Press (first published June 1st 2012)
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