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The Agrarian Origins of Modern Japan

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Paperback, 260 pages
Published December 12th 1959 by Stanford University Press (first published June 1959)
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Sean Callaghan
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read for anyone interested in the Edo Period. Such beautiful attention to detail. And it changed the field.
morning Os
A classic. I should have read it before entering a grad school.
Sure and beautiful writing; very technical at times, but the overall argument is very convincing because of that.

After studying a bit about Tohoku, it also strikes me as waaaay too heavy on Kinai examples. He himself admits that there was a great regional and local variety, but in one sentence he says "this was common by the end of the 17th century" and in another "it was observed in 1925"-- a bit more sensitivity to the regional p
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Chelsea Szendi
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
How often does a historical monograph age this well? Smith's arguments about change over time in agrarian areas in early modern Japan remain the go-to source. His ending note - that all these changes somehow produced a high caliber of men to lead the Meiji Restoration - was perhaps a bit too...celebratory? Enthusiastic? It does mark him as a modernization paradigm man.
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Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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An interesting classic read for those interested in Tokugawa Japan or agrarian transition or both. The book is very well organized and well written.
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